Duas passagens de um ensaio curto no qual Edgar Allan Poe discorre sobre decoração de interiores em 1840:
“We have no aristocracy of blood, and having therefore as a natural, and indeed as an inevitable thing, fashioned for ourselves an aristocracy of dollars, the "display of wealth "has here to take the place and perform the office of the heraldic display in monarchical countries.”
“It is an evil growing out of our republican institutions, that here a man of large purse has usually a very little soul which he keeps in it. The corruption of taste is a portion or a pendant of the dollar-manufacture. As we grow rich, our ideas grow rusty.”
O artigo, cheio de dicas sobre como decorar a moda dos vitorianos, é uma mostra do estranho gênio de Poe.