Bubbles from Some Brunnens of Nassau

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Wiley & Putnam, 1845 - Mineral waters - 228 pages
 

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Page 122 - The effect the water produces on the skin is very singular : it is about as warm as milk, but infinitely softer ; and after dipping the hand into it, if the thumb be rubbed against the fingers, it is said by many to resemble satin. Nevertheless, whatever may be its sensation, when the reader reflects that people not only come to these baths from Russia, but that the water in stone bottles, merely as a cosmetic, is sent to St.
Page 87 - Now strike the golden lyre again : A louder yet, and yet a louder strain. Break his bands of sleep asunder, And rouse him, like a rattling peal of thunder. Hark, hark, the horrid sound Has raised up his head ! As awaked from the dead, And amazed, he stares around. Revenge ! revenge...
Page 57 - SCHWEINGENERAL," a wan, spectre-looking old man, worn out, or nearly so, by the arduous and e very-day duty of conducting, against their wills, a gang of exactly the most obstinate animals in creation. A single glance at his jaundiced, ill-natured countenance was sufficient to satisfy one that his temper had been soured by the vexatious contrarieties and " untoward events
Page 223 - Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel ; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade.
Page 122 - ... at least, with themselves. But besides the cosmetic charms of this water, it is declared to possess virtues of more substantial value : it is said to tranquillize the nerves, to soothe all inflammation ; and from this latter property, the cures of consumption which are reported to have been effected, among human beings and cattle, may have proceeded. Yet whatever good effect the water may have upon...
Page 40 - To my simple taste, the cooking is most horrid ; still there were now and then some dishes, particularly sweet ones, which I thought excellent. With respect to the made-dishes, of which there was a great variety, I beg to offer to the reader a formula I invented, which will teach him (should he ever come to Germany) what to expect. The simple rule is this...
Page 215 - ... the same eight or ten ingredients — always salted to exactly the same degree, and always served up at exactly the same heat One would think that some of the particles in the recipe would be exhausted ; in short, to speak metaphorically, that the chickens would at last be boiled to rags, or that the fire would go out for want of coals; but the oftener one reflects on these sort of subjects, the oftener is the oldfashioned observation forced upon his mind, that let a man go where he will, Omnipotence...
Page 19 - ... on the brink of the brunnen, I might, at least as an experiment, join this awkward squad — that it would be quite time enough to desert if I should find reason to do so — in short, that by trying the waters I should' have a surer proof whether they agreed with me or not, than by listening to me conflicting opinions of all the doctors in the universe.
Page 214 - Every person's eye, therefore, whatever might be the theme of his conversation, was intently fixed upon his glass ; some few carried the thing along with elegance, but I could not help remarking that the greater proportion of people walked with their backs up, and were evidently very little at their ease. A band of wind-instruments was playing, and an author, a native of Wiesbaden, in describing this scene, has sentimentally exclaimed : Thousands of glasses are drunk by the sound of music.

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