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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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which, however, is not a thing to be despised in
case of shipwreck.

Various indeed are the scenes which on all sides
present themselves in this bathing republic. Here
a young, handsome couple, in elegant bathing
attire, go dancing out into the wild waves holding
each other by the hand, and full of the joy and
courage of life, ready to meet anything, the great
world’s sea and all its billows! There, again, is
an elderly couple, in gray garments, holding each
other steadily by the two hands, and popping up
and down in the waves, just as people dip candles,
with solemn aspects, and merely observant to keep
their footing, and doing all for the benefit of health.
Here is a young, smiling mother, bearing before
her her little, beautiful boy, a naked Cupid, not
yet a year old, who laughs and claps his little
hands for joy as the wild waves dash over him.
Just by is a fat grandmother with a life-preserver
round her body, and half sitting on the sands in
evident fear of being drowned for all that, and,
when the waves come rolling onward, catching
hold of some of her leaping and laughing children
and grandchildren who dance around her. Here
a graceful young girl, who now for the first time
bathes in the sea, flies before the waves into the
arms of father or mother, in whose embrace it
may dash over her; there is a group of wild young

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