Nick's elevated account of Myrtle's "despair at the shiftlessness
of the lower orders"--in combination with the terms in which he chronicles her sweeping, flouncing ecstasy--could be seen as raising him (and the novel's readers) to a place above Myrtle's colloquial indignation at "These people
His drinking and shiftlessness
mess things up for him and his young family in America and cause them to leave New York and try their luck back in Ireland--a disastrous move, as it turns out.
In earshot of her he would blame the shiftlessness
and disobedience of the boys, once they were old enough to blame.
68) In fact, white southerners were so worried about the shiftlessness
of ex-slaves that proposals circulated to consider contracting labor from foreign countries, a practice common in the West Indian British colonies following the abolition of slavery.
9 million judgment; it means that illegal aliens should not be able to live off the hard work of those who are here legally; it means that welfare should be a temporary compensation for hard luck rather than a subsidy for promiscuous procreation and permanent shiftlessness
He manifests most of the worst accidents and mistakes mixed blood could represent for mid-century England: disease, viciousness, treason, cowardice, duplicity, unmerited power, shiftlessness
Similarly, Josephine Shaw Lowell, the New York Charity Organization leader, urged "friendly visitors" to resist the temptation to provide actual food and support to those in need and to avoid procuring temporary relief Instead, the visitor was encouraged to help the poor start to find work and earn money, to avoid extravagance, shiftlessness
, and vice, and never to teach or convey to them that they can receive something for nothing.
Wilson's racism begins (and his rationality ends) with his attribution of shiftlessness
In a country neighborhood, at least in those days, the size of the woodpile was, besides its practical importance, an index of the owner's shiftlessness
or moral solvency.
As a result, homeless persons are seen as responsible for their fate due to their own supposed shiftlessness
or laziness, and situational factors that caused the homelessness--such as an accident or illness that rendered them incapable of working and/or resulted in bankrupting medical expenses--are overlooked.
While we have nothing but words of praise for the many excellent men and women who do so much to relieve distress, we have no toleration for that good natured, shiftlessness
which prompts soft-hearted and soft-headed people to add to the demoralization of those who are already paupers in spirit.
329) Although certain physical defects were considered "genetic," there was a significant emphasis on eliminating the "genetic defects" of promiscuity, shiftlessness
, pauperism, and other traits without a genetic basis.