women are in the● majority; often flashily dress▓ed women with expensive fur coats and● stylish hats are seen elbowing old and homel▓y women wearing shawls and with babies on the▓ir arms.Almost everybody carries packages of fr▓uit to the inmates.Little

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boys ▓and girls often accompany the women, and han▓dkerchiefs are often raised to w●ipe away tears.It is a trag●ic, fateful, unhappy procession▓. [Pg 172] XXV The first and the last w▓eek seem longest in the term of imprisonm▓ent.During the rest of the time the hours p▓ass in swift successio

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n, as the work and the▓ regular hours help to shorten the time; th●ere is a spirit of patience, and the min●d becomes

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more and more introspective and ▓philosophical. But in the last▓ week all the thoughts, the ●plans, the ambitions

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, the discoveries of a ne●w future, seem to be concentrated.The min▓utes drag by with a laborious and torpid slown●es

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n of a c▓heerful habit of mind, is of a▓ sudden transformed into a cranky, impa●tient, unruly, violent attitude. Durin●g that last week I very nearly got into t●rouble, for the first time in my te▓n months of imprisonment with good ●behaviour; and this when an im●pertinent [Pg 173]answer might ha

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ve k●ept me two months longer within this barred pr▓ison. A keeper known and hated for h●is brutal and insulting attitude towards▓ the prisoners was relieving our● own hospital keeper during the lu▓n

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ch hour.He was watching the prisoners file in●to the room at the opposite end of the hospi●tal to wait for the arrival of the dentis●t.A belated man came in holding a handkerch●ief close to his mouth as if he● were suffering from an agonizing● toothache. The keeper sp●oke: Who is that dirty bum

What do yo●u mean I said. I mean who is that dirty● bum who just came in he re▓peated. I don't understand you, I r●ejoined, angry at his remark. I see you'▓re rather particular about expressions, he sa●id in a surprised tone. Yes,● I retorted, and I don't see▓ what right you have to call an inoffensive con▓vict[Pg 174] a dirty bum, wh▓en

if it wasn't for us dirty bums you wouldn't b▓e sitting here now. The s●ituation was saved by an old Irish keeper who a●dded laughingly, That's right, you wouldn't b●e getting twenty-five per a week t●o keep a chair from flying out of● a window, if it wasn't for those dirty ▓bums. XXVI Only after a long ▓while did the influence, the pernicious?/p>

?influx of the thought waves emana●ting from hundreds of convict minds, beg●in to play on my mind.I never i●magined that convict habits and thoughts co▓uld touch me or have any effe▓ct on my inmost thoughts, my● better self.During the day, in fact, whe▓n the conscious mind was acti▓ve, nothing seemed to effect my habi●tual, set and crystallized chara

cter, my old tre●nd of mental, moral and intelle▓ctual associations. Only in th●e last month, during my sleep[Pg 175] or half-s●leep, did I recognize the ascendency of t●he magnetic, unhealthy, collective thoughts of▓ the prison.They arose slowly, like poi●sonous miasmas, insidious and permeating,▓ with a persistency that ama●zed my startled and th

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oroughly ▓alarmed consciousness. Thoughts,▓ images, desires, which I had been used from▓ my youth and all through my life to co▓nsider unhealthy, degenerate or simpl▓y unworthy of my attention, ●came

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sneaking into my subconscious mind, in● the form of disgusting, appalling, terrifying d▓reams.The back yard of my mind had▓ begun to register and absorb all the wretched▓, unclean, monstrous, unmentionabl●e yearnings, desires and actions of the collecti▓ve prison dreams; it was inhaling the moral ste●nch which arose as from a cloaca● maxima. I thought of all th●e weak, unbalanced, receptive● young minds which must have b▓een corrupted by this intangible, p▓owerful[Pg 176] magnetism; and of how this unna●tural, abnormal, degrading priso▓n life began in any absorben

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And I thanked my stars and ▓my fate and my power of will when the las●t night of my sentence arrived to relieve m●e of an oppressive, suffocating● succession of nightmares. I did not sle▓ep one solitary wink, but how rosy, exq▓uisite, exhilarating, radiant, were t●he thoughts that filled me on that prison cot, ▓

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how transparent those bars seemed on that▓ last night, never to be forg●otten, like[Pg 177] the first night I spent in▓ that horrible dungeon. XXVII I am f●inally called downstairs.The sun stream▓ing through the narrow bars gives th●e gloomy prison almost a brigh●t appearance.Hastily I put on my▓ street clothes

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.I feel like a m▓an putting on a strange, exotic cos▓tume for a fancy dress ball; the collar and ne●cktie seem to choke me with a kind of ▓joy and affection.Accompanied● by my lawyer, I walk out of the fat▓eful gates, and then I turn to look back, an▓d to glance upwards to the hospital windows wh●ere the patients a

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nd the old keeper wave a▓ friendly salute and farewell. Friends a●re waiting to greet me at the oth▓er side of the river.I look in wonde▓r and amaze at the people in the streets.Every●thing is so interesting; the most c▓ommonplace and sordid sights are delightful ●and picturesque.The men; the women,[●Pg 178] wit

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h their wonderful clothes; the sky,● the houses, the cars, the signs, e▓verything, seem so novel, so f●riendly; every minute so precious, so full▓ of surprises and possibilities. I have ▓grown fat and pale in prison, but my spirit is▓ as light and quick as the spirit o▓f a humming bird.Everybody gr▓eets me as a

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traveller returned from a● strange, unknown, and very distant land—●and yet all the while I have been livi▓ng in the very heart of the metropolis.Everyb▓ody seems to realize and to reassu▓re me that the acceptance of a pardon wou▓ld have been a grievous mistake.To refuse it ▓meant a great sacrifice, but m●aking th

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at sacrifice has confirmed a gen▓eral suspicion that unfair methods▓, dangerous to American traditions, have ▓been used against me. The day of reckoning● will come in time.Meanwhile, ho●w beautiful, perfect

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