WE HAVE NOW SKETCHED the economic history of Marienthal and its present economic condition. It is time to take a closer look at life in the village. The chief impression is one of blunting monotony. What we were to encounter later in endless variations was already present at the beginning, in a scene both monotonous and still. People are living here who have become accustomed to owning less, doing less, and expecting less than they had considered essential to life in earlier days.