Essays on Paul Bourget

From the novel:

WHAT PAUL BOURGET THINKS OF US

He reports the American joke correctly.  In Boston they ask, How much
does he know? in New York, How much is he worth? in Philadelphia, Who
were his parents?  And when an alien observer turns his telescope upon
us–advertisedly in our own special interest–a natural apprehension
moves us to ask, What is the diameter of his reflector?

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