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Students detect echoes of Herbert Spencer, for example, in his novels, mixed with fragments of psychological theory according to which dwelling on pleasant or unpleasant thoughts induces the formation of corresponding "anastates" and "katastates" in the psyche. This he had culled from the writings of a certain Elmer Gates, who practiced "psychology and psychurgy" in Chevy Chase, Maryland. As he grew older his respect for science seems only to have increased, but what he said about it only added to his reputation for confused thinking.
29 W. M. FROHOCK Dreiser wrote most of The "Genius" in 1911, while his mind was also occupied by Cowperwood. ) Cowperwood is as exempt from the rules as Witla, so far as actual behavior is concerned, but he asks for no special treatment beyond what he can force the world to give him. The closest he ever comes to self-righteousness is when, in The Titan, he tells Aileen, who has caught him redhanded, that he can't change what he is and that she had better put up with him. The quotation marks in the title of Witla's story may be ironic, but the irony isn't based on a perception that Witla's values are rather confused.
In Lycurgus the Griffithses are people of standing; they do as little for this unimpressive relative 33 W. M. FROHOCK as decency requires. Clyde lives in drab lodgings, works at a monotonous job, watches his young cousins and their friends from a distance, and learns how wide a gap money can create. He is desperately lonely, but determined to win acceptance. Here the story falls into another familiar pattern. Loneliness prevails over ambition, and he begins what he intends to be a passing affair with Roberta Alden, a farm girl who has come to work in the factory.