Foreign Relations

Foreign Relations

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Foreign Relations

Foreign Relations

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Those persons whose lives have been spent in populous cities have probably reflected on the indifference with which each householder usually regards the interests of his nearest neighbours. A slender partition of brick and mortar, so slight that the voices in one house are audible in the other, forms an impassable barrier between two families: and the members of each of them go through the daily rounds of their ordinary lives without thought for their neighbour's sorrows, or their neighbour's cares. Occasionally, indeed, some event of extraordinary importance forces them to take an abnormal interest in the affairs of the next household. If a house or its inmates be attacked by illness or fire, the neighbouring families are no longer indifferent. When Ucalegon is in flames, Æneas is moved.

The relations between adjacent families in a single city in many ways resemble the relations between, the different countries on the surface of the globe. In the generality of cases each people is ignorant of the questions . . .

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