F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Automobile

We try to bring updates on the nativities as we run across them so our readers can understand their cultural context.  Here’s something on F. Scott Fitzgerald from the New Yorker Magazine,  March 2015, on how the automobile changed American society.  Is he right though?  Wasn’t “bundling” a Pilgrim tradition?¹  Or how bout going out in the horse and buggy?  If we remember John Ford’s The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara isn’t that why Michaeline is their chaperone to make sure nothing happens?  Frankly, I think while it’s a good quote, I am not sure on its accuracy.  How bout you?

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  1. Bundling, or tarrying, is the traditional practice of wrapping two people in a bed together, usually as a part of courting behavior. The tradition is thought to have originated in the British Isles and later became common in colonial United States.