By Sherwood Anderson The sadness of sophistication has come to the boy. When the moment of sophistication came to George Willard his mind turned to. IT was early evening of a day in, the late fall and the Winesburg County Fair had brought crowds of country people into town. The day had been clear and the. Sherwood Anderson wrote “Sophistication” as part of his novel Winesburg, Ohio, which was first published in For four years, living alone in an apartment.


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George Willard, the Ohio village boy, was fast growing into manhood and new thoughts had been coming into his mind.

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All that day, amid the jam of people at the Fair, he had gone about feeling lonely. He was about to leave Winesburg to go away to some city where he hoped to get work on a city newspaper and he felt grown up.

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He felt old and a little tired. Memories awoke in him. To his mind his new sense of maturity set him apart, made of him a half—tragic figure.

He wanted someone to understand the feeling that had taken possession of him after his mother's death. There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the first time takes the backward view of sophistication sherwood anderson.


Perhaps that is the moment when he crosses the line into manhood. The boy is walking through the street of his town.

He is thinking of the future and of the figure he will cut in the world. Ambitions and regrets awake within him.

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Suddenly something happens; he stops under a tree and waits as for a voice calling his name. Ghosts of old things creep into his consciousness; the voices outside of himself whisper a message concerning the limitations of life.

From being quite sure of himself and his future he becomes not at all sure. If he be an imaginative boy a door is torn open and for the first time he looks out upon the world, seeing, as though they marched in procession before him, the countless figures of men who before his time have come out of nothingness into the world, lived their lives and again disappeared into sophistication sherwood anderson.

The sophistication sherwood anderson of sophistication has come to the boy.


With a little gasp he sees himself as merely a leaf blown by the wind through the streets of his village. He knows that in spite of all the stout talk of his fellows he must live and die in sophistication sherwood anderson, a thing blown by the winds, a thing destined like corn to wilt in the sun.

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He shivers and looks eagerly about. The eighteen years he has lived seem sophistication sherwood anderson a moment, a breathing space in the long march of humanity. Already he hears death calling.

With all his heart he wants to come close to some other human, touch someone with his hands, be touched by the hand of another.

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