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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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November 7. I went to pay a morning visit to
a bridal pair who are now residing at the hotel.
It was in the forenoon; but the room in which the
bride sat was darkened, and was only faintly
lighted up by the blaze of the fire. The bride was
tall and delicately formed, but too thin, yet for all
that lovely and with a blooming complexion. She
was quite young, and struck me like a rare
hothouse plant, scarcely able to endure the free winds
of the open air. Her long, taper fingers played
with a number of little valuables fastened to a gold
chain, which, hanging around her neck, reached to
her waist. Her dress was costly and tasteful.
She looked, however, more like an article of luxury
than a young woman meant to be the mother of a
family. The faint light of the room, the warmth
of the fire, the soft, perfumed atmosphere—everything,
in short, around this young bride, seemed
to speak of effeminacy. The bridegroom, however,
was evidently no effeminate person, but a
man and a gentleman. He was apparently very
much enamored of his young bride, whom he was
now about to take, first to Cincinnati, and then to
Florida and its perpetual summer. We were
regaled with bride-cake and sweet wine.

When I left that perfumed apartment with its
hothouse atmosphere and its half daylight, in
which was carefully tended a beautiful human

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