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dissuaded from the latter by a friend, but he sent J. to a private school of good grade. To the surprise of the old
man, J. was continually getting into mischief, and finally he was accused of stealing. Unable to believe the
school authorities, the old gentleman took the boy home and quizzed him. He gave an unsatisfactory account
of himself and that night disappeared with a considerable sum of money. The police were notified, and a week
later he was found in a house of the type--so euphemistically called--of "ill fame." There he was spending the
money lavishly on the inmates and was indulging his every desire. One of the women, a police stool-pigeon,
identified him as the boy who was wanted by the law, and he was arrested.
Despite the efforts of the parents and the philanthropist, the boy was given a prison sentence and is still
serving it. Characteristic of this group of personalities are these traits: (1) an impatience with the arduous, an
incapacity or unwillingness to wait for results in the ordinary way; (2) a decided dread of monotony, a longing CHAPTER XVII. 149 for excitement; (3) an inability to form permanent purposes and to inhibit the distracting desires; (4) a desire
to win others' good opinion and sympathy,--therefore he always lavished his money on those whom that kind
of "good fellowship" wins and told pathetic stories to those whose sentimentality made them easy victims; (5)
a weak kind of egoism, seeking easy ways to pleasure and position, restless under discipline, always repentant
after wrong-doing, fluent in speech but lacking the courage to face the difficulties of life.
This under-inhibited type may suddenly reform and apparently entirely emerge from difficulties. I have in
mind a conspicuous case, a young woman now happily married and the mother of fine children. When she
was thirteen or fourteen the petty pilferings of her childhood took on a serious character. She began to steal
from the person of strangers and fr...
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