In Herman Melville's “The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids,” what’s the meaning of the quote ““This is the very counterpart of the Paradise of Bachelors, but snowed upon, and frost-painted to a sepulcher”?

This quote emphasizes the difference between the affluent lives of the bachelors the narrator dines with in London and the tortured lives of the young unmarried women he encounters in a paper mill in New England.

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This quote highlights the difference the narrator finds between the perfect lives of nine bachelors (well-to-do young lawyers) he witnesses at a dinner he attends in London and the lot of the young unmarried women working in a hellish New England paper factory.

The dinner he attends in London in a comfortable apartment near the Temple, the London law courts, is described in detail. The men dine on oxtail soup and roast beef, mutton, and fowl—all meats that would have been costly—along with sherry, wine, and port. The cost of the meal, out of reach of the working classes, reveals the affluence enjoyed by these men. The narrator observes that for the men it:

It was the...

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