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“The Imaginative Poverty of the Middle Classes”

“We are reverting to the civilization of luggage, and historians of the future will note how the middle classes accreted possessions without taking root in the earth, and may find in this the secret of their imaginative poverty.”

There are dozens of gloriously snide but intelligent passages like this in E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End. I never quite think of myself as one who enjoys pre-Modernist writing, but I’ll be damned if it’s not sharp as hell at times. This narrator doesn’t care about judging the fuck out of people, which is tremendous, but the wit with which it is done? Remarkable.

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