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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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Tlie father of the present count was a distant re-
lation of the family ;
he resided constantly in Denmark,
and his son follows his example. They have not been
in possession of the estate many years ;
and their pre-
decessor lived near the town, introducing a degree of
profligacy of manners which has been ruinous to the
inhabitants in every respect, their fortunes not being
equal to the prevailing extravagance.
What little I have seen of the manners of the peop’e
does not please me so well as those of Tonsberg. I am
forewarned that I shall find them still more cunning
and fraudulent as I advance towards the westward, in
proportion as traffic takes place of agriculture, for their
towns are built on naked rocks, the streets are narrow
bridges, and the inhabitants are all seafaring men, or
owners of ships, who keep shops.
The inn I was at in Laurvig this journey was not
the same that I was at before. It is a good one the
people civil, and the accommodations decent. They
seem to be better provided in Sweden ; but in justice
I ought to add that they charge more extravagantly.
My bill at Tonsberg was also much higher than I had
paid in Sweden, and much higher than it ought to have
been where provision is so cheap. Indeed, they seem
to consider foreigners as strangers whom they shall
never see again, and may fairly pluck. And the in-
habitants of the western coast, isolated, as it weiv>,
regard those of the east almost as strangers. Each
town in that quarter seems to be a great family, sus-
picious of every other, allowing none to cheat them

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