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- n. Travelling salesman.
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- n. a salesman who travels to call on customers
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To expect Hawthorne to become a literary genius, and at the same time to develop the peculiar faculties of a commercial traveller or a curb-stone broker, was unreasonable.
Of course a tramp is not a nomadic atavism — one might as well say that a commercial traveller is an atavism.