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I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.

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Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.

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