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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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richest merchant’s houses. Though I could not speak
Danish I knew that I could see a great deal; yes, I am
persuaded that I have formed a very just opinion of
the character of the Norwegians, without being able to
hold converse with them.

I had expected to meet some company, yet was a
little disconcerted at being ushered into an apartment
full of well dressed people, and glancing my eyes
round they rested on several very pretty faces. Rosy
cheeks, sparkling eyes, and light brown or golden
locks; for I never saw so much hair with a yellow
cast, and, with their fine complexions, it looked very
becoming.

These women seem a mixture of indolence and
vivacity; they scarcely ever walk out, and were
astonished that I should for pleasure, yet they are
immoderately fond of dancing. Unaffected in their
manners, if they have no pretensions to elegance,
simplicity often produces a gracefulness of deportment,
when they are animated by a particular desire to
please, which was the case at present. The solitariness
of my situation, which they thought terrible, interested
them very much in my favour. They gathered round
me, sung to me, and one of the prettiest, to whom I
gave my hand with some degree of cordiality, to meet
the glance of her eyes, kissed me very affectionately.

At dinner, which was conducted with great
hospitality, though we remained at table too long, they
sung several songs, and, amongst the rest, translations
of some patriotic French ones. As the evening
advanced they became playful, and we kept up a sort

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