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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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warm-hearted people, the warm and good coffee,
and the hospitable entertainment, warmed both
soul and body.

It was with heartfelt emotion and gratitude that
I, after breakfast, took leave of my Swedish
friends. Mrs. Peterson would have given me the
only valuable which she now possessed—a great,
big, gold ring; but I could not consent to it.
What rich gifts she had already given me! We
parted, not without tears. That amiable young
mother, her cheeks blooming like wild roses,
accompanied me through the wood, walking beside
the carriage silently and kindly, and silently we
parted with a cordial pressure of the hand and a
glance. That lovely young Swede was the most
beautiful flower of that American wilderness. She
will beautify and ennoble it.

Heartfelt kindness and hospitality, seriousness
and mirth in pure family life—these characteristics of
Swedish life, where it is good—should be transplanted
into the Western wilderness by the Swedish
colonists, as they are in this instance. That
day among the Swedes by Pine Lake; that splendid
old lady; those handsome, warm-hearted men;
those lovely, modest, and kind young women; that
affectionate domestic life; that rich hospitality in
poor cottagers—all are to me a pledge of it. The
national life and temperament of the Swedes, their

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