Critical Essays And Literary Notes

Paperback | May 12, 2012

byBayard Taylor

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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. 1880 Excerpt: ...upon an infallible spectrum, and enable us to estimate their value. When I say that I found a freer, less conventional social spirit in Weimar than in the other small German capitals with which I have some acquaintance, I am quite prepared to hear the statement denied. The foreigner receives a more kindly consideration in Germany than in any other country in the world, and nowhere more so than in Weimar, where for so many years all forms of foreign culture were so heartily welcomed. Apart from this, however, the hospitality of the old families is so simple, frank and cordial as to be worthy of notice in these showy and luxurious days. At informal evening receptions, one rarely sees other than morning costumes: the supper, served towards nine o'clock, is the ordinary family meal, consisting chiefly of tea, beer, cold meats and salads: there is no etiquette beyond or conflicting with that of refined society all over the world; but, on the contrary, a graceful ease and freedom of intercourse which I have sometimes sorely missed in circles which consider themselves far more eminent. I admit, to the fullest extent, the intellectual egotism of the German race, for I have often enough been brought into conflict with it; yet there is an exceedingly fine and delicate manifestation of social culture which I have nowhere found so carefully observed as in Weimar. I allude to that consideration for the stranger which turns the topics of conversation in the direction of his knowledge or his interests. How often have I seen, both in America and in England, a foreigner introduced to a small circle, in which the discussion of personal matters, whereof he could have had no knowledge, was quietly continued until the company dispersed! There is a negative as well as an affirma...

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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. 1880 Excerpt: ...upon an infallible spectrum, and enable us to estimate their value. When I say that I found a freer, less conventional social sp...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:May 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217697437

ISBN - 13:9780217697439

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