The author observes that people have not stopped smiling now that they are not children but adults out in the world – they still smile all the time. Only now, ‘a smile seems a formula’. The author says so because he believes that the reason people smile today is different from why they did thirty years back – they smiled out of genuine happiness then, but smile out some or the other motive now. Their smiles are mechanised.
People have come to use smiles as a useful and pleasant formula. They smile for different reasons. Some smile simply because they have good teeth, some because they have to meet people on the street and some because they are to be seen by the world in newspapers and magazines. No one seems to smile because they are happy or kind, or because they wish to spread happiness. They smile because they are supposed to and because it is a formality.
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