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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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upon a peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper
rivers, which discharge into the bay. My friends
bought oranges and bananas for me, and now for
the first time I tasted this tropical fruit, which
people here are so fond of. It has a delicate, sweet,
and somewhat insipid flavor; in form it resembles
our large seed-cucumbers; in color and substance
it is like a melon, but less juicy. I could have fancied
I was biting into soap. I have a notion that
we shall not become very good friends, the banana
and I.

April 1. I have been here fourteen days, and
although it has been rainy weather most of the
time and is so still, there have been days when I
have wished that all feeble, ailing humanity might
remove hither, breathe this air, see this exquisite
splendor of heaven and earth, that they might be
invigorated as from a balsam of life and enjoy
it anew. I can understand how the mariners who
first approached these shores and felt these gentle
breezes, this atmosphere, believed that they were
drinking an elixir of life and hoped to find here
the fountain of perpetual youth.

Last evening I attended a wedding, that is to
say, I was invited to witness the marriage
ceremony in the church. It was between a Catholic
and a member of the English Episcopalian Church;

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