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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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of conversation of gestures. As their minds were
totally uncultivated I did not lose much, perhaps
gained, by not being able to understand them; for fancy
probably filled up, more to their advantage, the void in
the picture. Be that as it may, they excited my
sympathy, and I was very much flattered when I was
told the next day that they said it was a pleasure to
look at me, I appeared so good-natured.

The men were generally captains of ships. Several
spoke English very tolerably, but they were merely
matter-of-fact men, confined to a very narrow circle
of observation. I found it difficult to obtain from
them any information respecting their own country,
when the fumes of tobacco did not keep me at a dis-

I was invited to partake of some other feasts, and
always had to complain of the quantity of provision
and the length of time taken to consume it; for it
would not have been proper to have said devour, all
went on so fair and softly. The servants wait as
slowly as their mistresses carve.

The young women here, as well as in Sweden, have
commonly bad teeth, which I attribute to the same
causes. They are fond of finery, but do not pay the
necessary attention to their persons, to render beauty
less transient than a flower, and that interesting
expression which sentiment and accomplishments give
seldom supplies its place.

The servants have, likewise, an inferior sort of food
here, but their masters are not allowed to strike them
with impunity. I might have added mistresses, for

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