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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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danger on this coast; porpoises are not dangerous,
and of sharks there are none excepting at the
dinner-table.

August 12. I have lately had a visit from some
most charming young Quakeresses. No one can
imagine anything more lovely than these young
girls in their light, delicate, modest attire. But I
must introduce to you a contrast to these. I was
sitting one morning beneath my leafy alcove, on
the seashore, with my book in my hand, but my
eyes on the sea and the porpoises, when a fat lady,
with a countenance like one of our jolliest Stockholm
huckster-women, came and seated herself on
the same bench at a little distance from me. I had a
presentiment of evil, and I fixed my eyes on
Wordsworth’s Excursion. My neighbor crept
toward me, and at length she said,

“Do you know where Miss Bremer lives?”

“I believe,” said I, “that she lives in Columbia
House!”

“Hum! should be glad to see her!”

A silence. I am silent and look in my book. My
neighbor begins again.

“I sent her the other day a packet—some verses, with
the signature ‘The American Harp,’ and a volume—and
I have not heard a word from her.”

“Ah!” said I, now pushed very closely, “you

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