"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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