The Seen and Unseen at Stratford-On-Avon: A Fantasy

The Seen and Unseen at Stratford-On-Avon: A Fantasy

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The Seen and Unseen at Stratford-On-Avon: A Fantasy

The Seen and Unseen at Stratford-On-Avon: A Fantasy

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We lingered amidst the pleasant avenues and crescents of Cheltenham, chiefly taken with the stately oldfashioned Parade, where, overlooking a Roman fountain, we found an American roof-garden. That is, it called itself a roof-garden, but it was silent about being American, and was really a canopied tea-room, only one flight up from the sidewalk instead of twenty stories; the fountain did not say it was Roman, but it was of a lavish spilth, and tumbled over marble shelves among mythological men and beasts, and so was Roman enough for us. A pleasant wind lifted the leaves up and down the Parade, where we did not mind the repair of the roadway going on with stone-breakers breaking stone, and a steamroller steam-rolling the pieces into a tarry bed. We could go away from the roof-garden tea-room when we liked, and walk or drive among the lawned and embowered mansions and lodges and villas, and educational establishments for both sexes, and think of our last King, our poor George the Third, who, though he alienated our affections, discovered the virtues of the medicinal waters of Cheltenlam, and established the pleasant resort in a favor long . . .

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