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(Sullivan, his valet and
his butler in the bedroom, as Sullivan contemplates himself in
a mirror, dressed as a hobo.)
If you'll permit me to say so sir: the subject is not an interesting
one. The poor know all about poverty and only the morbid rich
would find the topic glamorous.
But I'm doing it for the poor.
I doubt that they would appreciate it, sir. They rather resent
the invasion of their privacy. I believe quite properly, sir.
You see, sir, rich people and theorists, who are usually rich
people, think of poverty in the negative
as the lack of riches
disease might be called the lack of health
but it isn't,
sir. Poverty is not the lack of anything, but a positive plague,
virulent in itself, contagious as cholera, with filth, criminality,
vice and despair as only a few of its symptoms. It is to be stayed
away from, even for purposes of study
It is to be shunned.
Well, you seem to have made quite a study of it.
THE BUTLER (dryly)
Quite unwillingly, sir. Will that be all, sir?
(Sullivan watches him exit, then turns to the valet.)
He gets a little gruesome every once in a while.
Always reading books, sir.
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