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FOREWORD
Though a lot has been written of the South, it sort of feels to me that this a part of our kingdom is much less understood than the other half. definitely the South, itself, feels that this can be actual. Its courting to the North makes me think about not anything a lot as that of a beautiful, delicate spouse, to an immense, powerful, amiable, if a bit thick-skinned husband. those had one nice quarrel which almost led to divorce. He notion her headstrong; she proposal him overbearing. The quarrel made her ailing; she has been for your time convalescing. yet notwithstanding they've got settled their problems and reside back in amity jointly, and even though he, man-like, has part forgotten that they ever quarreled in any respect, now that peace reigns in the home back, she has no longer forgotten. There nonetheless lingers in her brain the sensation that he by no means quite understood her, that he by no means understood her difficulties and her struggles, and that he by no means will. And it sort of feels to me additional that, as is mostly the case with other halves who reflect on themselves misunderstood, the fault is in part, yet on no account altogether, hers. He, upon one hand, is vulnerable to cross the problem off with a: "There, there! it is all over now. simply be sturdy and disregard it!" whereas she, within the depths of her center, keeps a bit of wistfulness, a bit wounded feeling, which reasons her to claim to herself: "Thank God our domestic used to be now not damaged up, but—I want that he can be a little extra thoughtful, occasionally, in view of all that i've got suffered."
For my half, i'm the common-or-garden yet committed good friend of the relations. Having identified him first, having been from boyhood his significant other, i could maybe have sympathized with him before everything. yet seeing that i've got come to grasp her, too, that's now not so. and that i do imagine i do know her—proud, delicate, high-strung, beneficiant, fascinating good looks that she is! furthermore, after the style of many one other "friend of the family," i've got fallen in love together with her. Loving her from afar, I ship her as a nosegay those chapters accumulated in her personal gardens. If a number of the plants are of a type for which she doesn't care, if a few have thorns, whether a few are just weeds, I pray her to recollect that from what was once starting to be in her gardens i used to be pressured to make my selection, and to think that, regardless of the defects of my bouquet, it really is intended to be a host of roses.
J. S. October 1, 1917.
ON trips during the STATES
On trips in the course of the States we begin, ... We prepared freshmen of all, academics of all, fans of all. We live some time in each urban and city ... —Walt Whitman.
Had my significant other and that i by no means crossed the continent jointly, had we by no means long gone "abroad at home," i'd have curbed my impatience firstly of our moment voyage. yet from the time we lower back from our first trip, after having spent a few months in attempting, as a few one positioned it, to "discover America," I felt the gnawings of excited urge for food. The giant sweep of the rustic always recommended to me a few nice delectable repast: a dinner party unfold for 100 million site visitors; and having came across myself not able, within the time first disbursed, to consume greater than a part of it—a strip around the desk, because it have been, stretching from ny on one aspect to San Francisco at the other—I have hungered impatiently for extra. certainly, to be particularly sincere, I may still prefer to attempt to consume it all.
Months sooner than our real departure for the South the day for leaving used to be appointed; days earlier than we mounted upon our educate; hours earlier than i purchased my price ticket. after which, while my trunks had left the home, while my taxicab used to be ordered and my trustworthy battered suitcase stood packed to bulging within the corridor, my spouse, the Illustrator, telephoned to assert that yes drawings he needs to end prior to leaving weren't performed, that he will be not able to compliment me that afternoon, as deliberate, yet needs to wait till the middle of the night train.
CONTENTS
ON trips in the course of the STATES
A BALTIMORE EVENING
WHERE THE CLIMATES MEET
TRIUMPHANT DEFEAT
TERRAPIN AND TH

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