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Excerpt from The Runaway Place: A May Idyl of Manhattan
Philip Stoughton cherished no delusions as to the dignity of labor He admitted its too frequent necessity, but further he would not go. No activity, he would have told you, that was not so joyfully indulged in as to be come play, could be called dignified, because it is the right of every person to be happy, and to compel that person into unwilling or non-enthusiastic activity argues an essential lack of dignity in the scheme of things. In other words, he would have spoken of the indignity of labor. The child and the ar rist, he would have added, because their activities are the most spontaneous, are the most dignified members of society.
It is hardly necessary now, perhaps, to state that Philip Stoughton was a boyish young man who aspired to a literary reputa tion.
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