Thursday, January 29, 2009

a quotation for your perusal

She had been secretly offended and hurt when strangers said that New York was noisy and dirty; when they called it vulgar, she never wholly forgave them. She was of the New Yorkers who adore their New York as Parisians adore Paris and who feel that only within its beloved boundaries can the breath of life be breathed. People were often too hot or too cold there, but there was usually plenty of bright glaring sun, and the extremes of the weather had at least something rather dramatic about them. There were dramatic incidents connected with them, at any rate. People fell dead of sunstroke or were frozen to death, and the newspapers were full of anecdotes during a 'cold snap' or a 'torrid wave,' which all made for excitement and conversation.

(From the novel The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published in 1907.)

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