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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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way; and above all this, the play of light and
shadow, sunbeams in the waterfalls which leap
from the mountain, the mighty rock visages, the
little twittering birds—that is life!

The senseless rioting of man in the midst of
this grandeur of nature makes me almost sad for
my kindred. And yet, when I was young, I did
not understand how to enjoy life and nature in
any other way. The inclination was not wanting,
but there was want of education, and, amid all that
noisy merriment, a vacuity was felt. People seek
for the spiritual champagne, but they mistake
what it is. . . .

New York, September 4. I spent some days
at New York in making a closer acquaintance with
that portion of the life of the great city which
belongs to its night-side, to the dark realm of
shadows and of hell, as it exists on the earth. I
wandered through it, however, accompanied by
an angel of light. I can not otherwise speak of
the Quaker lady who accompanied me, for her
countenance was bright and beautiful as the purest
goodness, and above her mild blue eyes arched
themselves brows as bright as those of the god
Balder must have been—they resembled merely a
bright golden line. Mrs. Gibbons is the daughter
of the celebrated old Quaker, Isaac Hopper. The

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