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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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handful of that kind. But it is growing, and the
feeling on the subject is growing also.

Recently, at a charming little dinner at Professor
Howe’s, I met Laura Bridgeman. She is now
twenty; has a good, well-developed figure, and a
countenance that may be called pretty. She wears
a green bandage over her eyes. When she took
my hand she made a sign that she regarded me to
be a child. One of her first questions was, "How
much money do you get for your books?" a regular
Yankee question, which greatly delighted my
companions, who, nevertheless, prevented its
being pressed any further.

Boston, February 1, 1850. I have lately read a
narrative, or, more properly speaking, a chronicle,
kept as a diary of the life of the first colonists, the
Pilgrims, their wars and labors during the first
year of their settlement. It is a simple chronicle,
without any wordiness or parade, without any
attempt at making it romantic or beautiful, but
it affected me more and went more directly to
the depths of the heart than many a touching
novel, and seemed grander to me than many a
heroic poem. For how great in all its
unpretentiousness was this life, this labor! What courage,
what perseverance, what steadfastness and
unwavering trust in that little band! How they

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