Saturday, June 28, 2008

Theodore Dreiser, on different opinions regarding success, even between married couples, wrote the following in his story "Free":

...perhaps it was not just obtuseness to certain of the finer shades and meanings of life, but an irritating aggressiveness at times, backed only by her limited understanding, which caused her to seek and wish to be here, there and the other place; wherever, in her mind, the truly successful --which meant nearly always the materially successful of a second and third rate character-- were, which irritated him most of all. How often had he tried to point out the difference between true and shoddy distinction--the former rarely connected with great wealth.

But no. So often she seemed to imagine such queer people to be truly successful, when they were really not--usually people with just money, or a very little more...