Small town 153 "The 'village virus': …more dangerous than the cancer that will certainly get me at fifty unless I stop this smoking…the germ which…infects ambitious people who stay too long in the provinces… epidemic among lawyers and doctors and ministers and college-bred merchants—all these people who have had a glimpse of the world that thinks and laughs, but have returned to their swamp." Sinclair Lewis,
Small town 155 "I decided to leave here, stern resolution, grasp the world…found that the Village Virus had me…didn’t want to face new streets and younger men—real competition." Sinclair Lewis,
Small town 166 "You’re so damned superior, and think the city is such a hell of a lot finer place, and you want us to do what you want, all the time…." Sinclair Lewis,
Small town 184 "Mrs. Erdstrom begged her to sit in the parlor, where there was a phonograph and an oak and leather davenport, the prairie farmer’s proofs of social progress." Sinclair Lewis,
Small town 202 "…the jocose insults which are the wit of
Main Street." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.