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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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except to make an observation or with his consent.

During this talking, however, whether in the
Senate or in the House of Representatives, I am
often enough reminded of Mr. Poinsett’s words,
when I praised the American talent for talking,
“It is a great misfortune!” But is it better, as
regards this misfortune, in other countries in
assemblies where people make speeches? And if
I do sigh now and then as I listen to a speech, yet
I am interested by many on account of their
straightforwardness, on account of the subjects
upon which they touch, or on account of the
speakers themselves. I like both to see and to hear
parliamentary assemblies. Human nature seems
to me great, when it stands forth and does battle
for some high purpose or principle, and if it be
possessed of power or of genius, it wins great
victories; and I love to see human nature great and
important, to see it from its private little world,
its isolated point, labor for the whole world. And
even without genius, human nature here presents
as a moral power an interesting sight merely by
its yes or no. Such an assembly is in its operation
a grand dramatic scene, and there sometimes
occur in it scenes and episodes of much more
vital effect than many a one which we witness on
the stage.

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