August 23rd, 2006

The Rich Are What?

"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand." --Paragraph 3 of "The Rich Boy," by F. Scott Fitztgerald

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Ernest Hemingway, of course, could not resist. He rewrote the passage this way, just to piss his rival off:

Fitzgerald: The rich are different than you and me.

Hemingway: Yes, they have more money.