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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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Downing’s motto, Il bello è il buono. A real luxury
obtains in food, fruits, and in many small things,
but it makes no outward show; it exists, as it
were, concealed in the inner richness and exquisite
selection of the thing itself. I did not expect
to meet this type of home in the young New
World.

I thought that here I should be free from visitors
for a time at least. But no, alas! Last
evening as I sat with my friends in their peaceful
parlor, there came, amid the darkness, storm, and
rain, the editor of Sartain’s Union Magazine in
Philadelphia, Professor Hart, who immediately
on the announcement of my arrival in the newspapers,
had traveled from Philadelphia to New
York, and from New York had followed me
hither, merely, as he said, to “monopolize” me
for his magazine, begging me to write for it, and
for no other, during my visit to America. So much
for American enterprise in matters of business.
For the rest, there was so much gentlemanly refinement
in his manner, and a something so benevolently
good and agreeable in his pale, delicate
countenance, that I could not help taking a fancy
to him and giving him my word that if I should
write anything for publication in America I would
leave it in his hands. But I doubt whether I shall
write anything. Here I need to think and learn.

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