Their Silver Wedding Journey: A Novel

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Harper & Brothers, 1899 - Wedding anniversaries - 601 pages
 

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Page 548 - The strangers heard no sound of laughter in the streets of Diisseldorf, and they saw no smiling except on the part of a very old couple, whose meeting they witnessed and who grinned and cackled at each other like two children as they shook hands. Perhaps they were indeed children of that sad second childhood which one would rather not blossom back into. In America, life is yet a joke with us, even when it is grotesque and shameful, as it so often is; for we think we can make it all right when we...
Page 323 - I thought that -was hard," she sighed. " It must have been his bread, too." " Let's hope it was not his cake, anyway. I suppose," he added, dreamily, " that what we used to like in Italy was the absence of all the modern activities. The Italians didn't repel us by assuming to be of our epoch in the presence of their monuments ; they knew how to behave like pensive memories. I wonder if they're still as charming?

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