Excerpt from Nowadays I Will ask the reader to approach with me in fancy any great city. Let us suppose the open country to be already behind us, a sombre look has come upon the sky, a trodden look on the grass; the air has the look of brooding over some regrettable thing; the hoardings, always ugly, always false, often indecent, which have been with us all day into distant wolds, multiply here, and suddenly the mean streets rush on us. And how terrible is their meanness. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.