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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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NORWAY, AND DENMARK. 173
speaking, enveloped myself in sympathetic horrors,
augmented by every tear my babe shed, from which I
could not escape till we lauded, and a luncheon of
bread and basin of milk routed the spectres of fancy.
I then supped with ray companions, Avith whom I
was soon after to part for ever always a most melan-
choly death-like idea a sort of separation of soul;
for all the regret which follows those from whom fate
separates us seems to be something torn from our-
selves. These were strangers I remember ; yet when
there is any originality in a countenance, it takes its
place in our memory, and wo are sorry to lose an ac-
quaintance the moment he begins to interest us, though
picked up on the highway. There was, in fact, a
degree of intelligence, and still more sensibility, in
the features and conversation of one of the gentlemen,
that made me regret the loss of his society during the
rest of the journey; for lie was compelled to travel
post, by his desire to reach his estate before the arrival
of the French.
This was a comfortable inn, as were several others I
stopped at ;
but the heavy sandy roads were ve:y
fatiguing, after the fine ones we had lately skimmed
over both in Sweden and Denmark. The country
resembled the most open part of England laid out for
corn rather than grazing. It was pleasant, yet there
was little in the prospects to awaken curiosity, by dis-
playing the peculiar characteristics of a new country,
which had so frequently stole me from myself in
Norway. We often passed ever large unenclosed
tracts, not graced with trees, or at least very sparingly

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