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Old 09-09-04, 10:37 PM   #6
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Default The guy from the Tennesseean

I think the guy is trying to compare apples and oranges. Beggars seem to have lost hope. They just lounge around and beg. They take, but give nothing in return. They trade on our sense of pity.

But the quote "Flowery clowns with half smiles and silvery statues", are not straight out beggars. They have self respect. They offer the passer by something in return- if only a moment or two of amusement. Some of them are quite artistic and imaginative.

I have never tried it, but it"s probably physically taxing. They work hard at doing nothing.
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