Domestic Manners of the Americans

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Dodd, Mead, 1901 - United States - 304 pages
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Page 133 - Madam, is obscene, and, thank God, WE are sufficiently advanced to have found it out ! If we must have the abomination of stage plays, let them at least be marked by the refinement of the age in which we live." This was certainly being au courant
Page 27 - would have great attractions to new settlers. The beautiful contrast that its bright green hill forms with the dismal line of black forest that stretches on every side, the abundant growth of pawpaw, palmetto, and orange, the copious variety of sweet-scented flowers that flourish there, all make it appear like an oasis in the desert.
Page 37 - of chewing tobacco is the cause of a remarkable peculiarity in the male physiognomy of Americans ; their lips are almost uniformly thin and compressed. At first I accounted for this upon Lavater's theory, and attributed it to the arid temperament of the people ; but it is too universal to be so explained ; whereas the habit
Page 250 - blood-vessel. Among the rest of her rant, she said " I will hold fast to Jesus, I never will let him go ; if they take me to hell, I will still hold him fast, fast, fast !" The stunning noise was sometimes varied by the preachers beginning to sing ; but the convulsive movements of the
Page 89 - conversation. The women invariably herd together at one part of the room, and the men at the other ; but, in justice to Cincinnati, I must acknowledge that this arrangement is by no means peculiar to that city, or to the western side of the Alleghanies. Sometimes a small attempt at music produces a partial reunion
Page 27 - spacious building was pointed out to us as a convent, where a considerable number of young ladies were educated by the nuns. At one or two points the wearisome level line of forest is relieved by bluffs, as they call the short intervals of high ground. The town of
Page 26 - to be seen, and it was many days before we were weary of looking at them. We occasionally used the opportunity of the boat's stopping to take in wood, for a ten minutes' visit to the shore ; we in this manner explored a field of
Page 134 - In truth, there are many reasons which render a very general diffusion of literature impossible in America. I can scarcely class the universal reading of newspapers as an exception to this remark ; if I could, my statement would be exactly the reverse, and I should say that America beat the world in letters. The
Page 35 - They ate in perfect silence, and with such astonishing rapidity that their dinner was over literally before ours was began ; the instant they ceased to eat they darted from the table in the same moody silence which they had preserved since they entered the room, and a second set took their places, who performed their silent parts in the same manner.
Page 103 - the people as a public lecturer, would naturally excite surprise any where, and the nil admirari of the old world itself would hardly be sustained before such a spectacle ; but in America, where women are guarded by a seven-fold shield of habitual insignificance, it caused an effect that can hardly be described.

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