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This Side of Paradise-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Never before in his life had Amory considered poor people. He thought cynically how completely he was lacking all human sympathy. O. Henry had found in these people romance, pathos, love, hate–Amory saw only coarseness, physical filth, and stupidity. He made no self-accusation: never any more did he reproach himself for feelings that were natural and sincere. He accepted all his reactions as a part of him, unchangeable, unmoral. This problem of poverty transformed, magnified, attached to some grander, more dignified attitude might some day even be his problem; at present it roused only his profound distaste. (292)