Arm-chair essays

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byFrederick Arnold

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1888 Excerpt: ... THE CURIOUS HISTORY OF SOME MIS-DIRECTED LETTERS. CHAPTER I. THE COTTAGE FLOWER-SHOW. It was the close of an exquisite day in the early autumn, and I was wandering in a vast park-like meadow on the outskirts of a little old-fashioned town in one of our most rural counties. It is a locality hardly mentioned by guide-books, and unvisited by tourists; and yet in the broad expanse of meadow land, through which flows a sluggish stream, with fatter trout than belong to Wales and the Highlands; in the quiet country lanes, where the interlacing boughs often form a natural cloister; in the large opulent farms and homesteads; in the noble range of downs that southwards closed the prospect,--there always seemed to me a transcript of a perfectly idyllic English life, which poet and painter and the student of manners might lovingly and lingeringly contemplate. The little town was far secluded from railways; and the railways which have brought so many second-rate places into notice have deepened the obscurity in which those village towns rest that are isolated from those slender rails and wires which have revolutionized the globe. Still Bullingford had its points of vantage. It had its good and cheap grammar-school, suited to the scions of genteel poverty. Then it had a kind of connection with those august institutions, the two Houses of Parliament. One of the many seats of a great earl was close at hand--a big modern edifice, but designated, from some old ruins found in the grounds, as the Castle. Moreover, one of the county members, in whose domain I was wandering, had a small shootinglodge here, with a stud-farm attached. This had been a high day for Bullingford, to be marked by the white stone or by the red letter. It had been a grand show-day--a show of fruits, flow...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1888 Excerpt: ... THE CURIOUS HISTORY OF SOME MIS-DIRECTED LETTERS. CHAPTER I. THE COTTAGE FLOWER-SHOW. It was the close of an exquisite day in th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217440029

ISBN - 13:9780217440028

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