"It is a bath of other souls. It will not let a man harden inside his own epidermis. He must affect and be affected by multitudinous varieties of temperament, race, character. He avoids grooves, because New York will not tolerate grooviness. He knows that he must be able, on demand, to bowl anywhere over the field of human tastes and sympathies."
SOURCE: Ludlow, Fitz Hugh "The American Metropolis" The Atlantic Monthly January 1865, p. 87.
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