Topic: "The Great Quixote" (9)
Frodo has always wondered if others think about being "out of step." Occasionally, he will hear someone disparage something or someone he particularly admires, and that doesn't bother him nearly as much as someone giving "rock star status" to something or someone that Frodo can't fathom. Frodo has written previously about "Don Quixote," and he has assumed that the cultural differences therein are the reason he believes this to be among the most boring books ever published. It does not however, explain the fact that he ranks "The Great Gatsby" similarly. In fact, only "Silas Marner"amongst all of English literature brings back horrific memories beyond those presented to Frodo by F.Scott Fitzgerald.
In recent days, science has reversed itself when the "happiness" and "self-satisfaction" considerations of the wealthy are put under the microscope. Until now, we have been lead to believe that "money can't buy happiness." Frodo has always questioned said principle, and is somewhat elated to find that science now supports his opinion (rare as that may be). This explains, at least in the mind of Frodo, that the ever-widening gap between rich and poor is probably nothing more than evasive propaganda emanating from those who have it, and don't wish to explain why they want to keep it. It also allows Frodo a little slack when he draws up a plan to distribute to the deserving his anticipated winnings in the Power Ball each and every time he plays.
Money is good. Money is something that one earns and uses to purchase needs and wants. Obviously, satisfying one's needs is paramount.
Perhaps that is why Frodo found such inspiration in "The Grapes of Wrath;" the struggle of hard-working people is to be admired. It may explain also why the Hobbit was unable to identify with the dry martini lifestyle featured in Gatsby. Robert Redford will always be "The Sundance Kid," and the new guys in the new movie release have captured nothing revolutionary in Frodo's opinion of Mitt Romney.
Frodo's point isn't really so nebulous. Rich people, for the most part, do suck, and the books they write about themselves have chapters too long for bathroom exposition.