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85 But the people have been dazzled so thoroughly that in silent delight they quaff the evil potion that poisons their souls. Boredom moves slowly in a sluggish dance, expiring in the agony of its own impotence. The only good thing about that city of lights is that you can steep your soul in lifelong hatred for the power of stu pidity.. 1906 The Mob . The window of my room overlooks a square; all day long people pour into it from five streets very much like potatoes rolling out of sacks. They mill around and then scurry on, and again the streets suck them into their gullets.
The Mob knows who he is, too ; he is often described in the newspapers as a maniac who wants to destroy the state, to take away all the factories, railroads, ships-to take away everything . The papers call this a mad ridicu lous project. The Mob stares at the old man with reproach, with cold condemnation, with scornful curiosity. A mad man is always interesting. The Mob only senses, only sees. It cannot convert its im pressions into thoughts; its spirit is numb and its heart blind. . People walk along, one after another, and this is strange, incomprehensible, inexplicable-where are they going, and why?
T this man had paid dear for his clothes . \'Let me introduce myself,'' he began, with a sigh and a sidelong glance at the window. ''I'm a professional sinner, so to speak. . '' I asked, trying to hide my dismay "I'm a professional sinner," he repeated word for word, ahd added: "My speciality is offences against public moral ity� . was nothing but humility in the tone in which the sentence was spoken; nor did I catch a shade of penitence in his words or fa<;:e. ' · · • " • . " I sug gested.
The City of the Yellow Devil: Pamphlets, Articles and Letters About America (1906) by Maxim Gorky