I would build a lethal chamber as big as the Crystal Palace  

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I would build a lethal chamber as big as the Crystal Palace (1908) is a dictum by D.H. Lawrence, speaking of the masses.

It reads in full:

"If I had my way, I would build a lethal chamber as big as the Crystal Palace, with a military band playing softly, and a Cinematograph working brightly; then I’d go out in the back streets and main streets and bring them in, all the sick, the halt, and the maimed; I would lead them gently, and they would smile me a weary thanks; and the band would softly bubble out the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’.

It is from a letter to Blanche Jennings, dated 9 October, 1908, Letters of D.H. Lawrence (1979), James T. Boulton, ed., as quoted in The Intellectuals and the Masses (1992) by John Carey; also quoted in "Art for the Masses : The Death of Culture & the Culture of Death" by Ralph McInery in Touchstone magazine (September 2001)

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