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The American Dream(美国人的梦）
of us is all alone at some point in our lives. Love is an important Emotion
for every human being. We all need
love so badly. However, we couldn’t decide
when and how love comes, especially
when we are really yearning for it. Sometimes love is just too much to ask for a little poor person like Anthony. But without that hella a lot love, he made his life a miracle.
Anthony worked in a yacht
cruise company on the Mississippi River. His job was working in those luxurious cruises. He had been working on the boats for many years. Time past by, Anthony’s status got higher and higher, he was promoted from a servant to a supervisor, and then a manager. He had served so many high-class citizens, the rich, the governors, and the new-rich wannabes. He spent all his youth on the boats by dealing with those people.
He didn’t have many friends, either any girl friend. He always felt lonely but he’s getting used to it. Life went on and on like there was always a tomorrow
. Sometimes he would wonder
if that’s all for his life. He’s a poor white man in the South; his social status was just better than those colored people. “Well, at least I wasn’t a nigger!” Sometimes he consoled himself by that. But indeed he knew that he wasn’t much better than any of those nigger servants who worked in those rich families. He had nothing but a poor job on the fancy boat. He could be very upset and depressed. But he couldn’t leave his job; he needed it to make a living. Also he loved his job for he could at least take a close look at the life he probably could never reach. The luxurious boats where he worked somehow would represent
Anthony’s dream of life ? beautiful women in the fancy dresses, gentlemen throwing cash on the gambling tables, drunk politicians talking quibbles, coltish young ladies flirting and laughing at the bar… Life seemed so beautiful there. Anthony thought he was also part of this life until the War Between the States broke out.
Southerners were winning at the beginning, the rich southerners were still kept partying. They were really confident that they would beat the north army and everything would still maintain the same. But soon Anthony heard that the Union extended their forces towards to the Mississippi. The Confederacy was terrified
. There were lots slaves escaping to the North. The cruise company got bank corrupted. Anthony lost his job and his life on the fancy boats. For the first time after so many years, he came back to his hometown, a small village in Texas. All he saw was burnt soil, broken houses, dead animals, and crying women. The farmer next door killed 5 black slaves who tried to escape, though he didn’t have enough food to support any of them. “It’s done
!” Anthony told himself, the life of the fancy world was totally over. “What am I gonna do?” He asked himself. He looked around in the village. Every
family was broken. All men went for the war, and half of them were dead. The Yankee
is coming!! The newspaper put a huge headline on the front page! “Soon the eagle
flag would be everywhere in the South!” It was said in the newspaper. Anthony was puzzled. He didn’t join the war. It’s not necessary for him to join the army any more. The Yankee already got them! Anthony would image how the rich Southerners cursing and losing all their properties, all the farms, money, and slaves! “At least I’ve got nothing to lose!” Anthony told himself, “ Actually the Yankees ain’t that bad! I am gonna go to the North, maybe the east
coast. I am sure I would do something there. I am professional working on the boats.”
With hope, Anthony went on his journey to the North. He joined a cruise line in NYC as a manager on a fancy cruise to England. He was responsible for teaching
the manner of service in F& B, the tricks of card dealers, the check-in & checkout process, and all those matters in the cruise line. He got promoted so fast that he couldn’t even believe. Within a few years, he got in the directorate in the company. He was getting rich himself, too, by working on the cruise line. The rich in the north started to be more into the fancy luscious living. More and more European nobles and rich people got to American through the cruise. Anthony became good friends of some magnates. He got his new title by getting married wit’ a downfallen English noble Lady Chiefly.
“Oh, thanks for the war!” once Anthony said to his magnates friends in an after dinner talking, “The death of Lincoln, the victory of the Yankee, and the lost of my job in the south got me all good
! I probably would be the only southerner white dude who am happy for the victory of the Yankees.” Everyone laughed. The cigar smokes were rising up, the cognac got everyone high. Anthony looked at his lovely English wife, totally got immersed in his real fancy life. He knew that this life he could never be able to reach couples years ago. He’s got the American dream!