Star Papers; Or, Experiences of Art and Nature

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XIV. A ROUGH PICTURE FROM LIFE.

IT is a fine thing to be a conservative of the benevolent class. Inheriting a fine old mansion, amid orchards, and gardens, and lawns, and surrounded by old trees, whose mighty arms waved joyfully when, he was born, and have discoursed noble music to his ear ever since -- the happy, kind, even-minded dreamer dreads all change. His nest is snug, and he is afraid to lose a single egg by the hand of thievish innovation. In the sunny parlor he reads his daily conservative journal, ratifies its curses, and thinks he hates all whom it stigmatizes. His sides grow fat, his face grows round, his head grows bald, his heart grows mellow to all who know its sunny side.

Meanwhile, the schools must be supported -- yes, schools are ancient institutions, and he patronizes schools. The academy must be built -- and there are century-old precedents for academies -- so he approves of them. All the boys are exhorted to go to school, and all the maidens are there to keep the boys out of mischief. Now it will never do to educate Yankee lads and lasses, if it is a sin to think, and if thinking errs when it leads to action. Accordingly, so many girls are growing up who, finding themselves able to govern their parents, aspire to be teachers of schools; and so many inventive, thinking boys are grewing

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. v
  • Contents 7
  • I- Ruins of Kenilworth. -- Warwick Castle. 9
  • II- A Sabbath at Stratford-On-Avon. 27
  • III- Oxford. 41
  • IV- The Louvre -- Luxembourg Gallery. 56
  • V- The Louvre. 70
  • VI- London National Gallery. 77
  • I- A Discourse of Flowers. 93
  • II- Death in the Country. 106
  • III- Inland Vs. Seashore. 110
  • IV- New England Graveyards. 121
  • V- Towns and Trees. 129
  • VI- The First Breath in the Country. 137
  • VII- Trouting. 144
  • VIII- A Ride. 152
  • IX- The Mountain Stream. 161
  • X- A Country Ride. 172
  • XI- Farewell to the Country. 182
  • XII- School Reminiscence. 189
  • Xiii. The Value of Birds. 194
  • Xiv. A Rough Picture from Life. 197
  • Xv. A Ride to Fort Hamilton. 201
  • Xvi. Sights from My Window. 211
  • Xvii. The Death of Our Almanac. 1853. 218
  • Xviii. Fog in the Harbor. 226
  • Xix. The Morals of Fishing. 231
  • Xx. The Wanderings of a Star. 240
  • Xxi. Book-Stores, Books. 250
  • Xxii. Gone to the Country. 256
  • Xxiii. Dream-Culture. 263
  • Xxiv. A Walk Among Trees. 271
  • Xxv. Building a House. 285
  • Xxvi. Christian Liberty in the Use of the Beautiful. 293
  • Xxvii. Nature a Minister of Happiness. 303
  • Xxviii. Springs and Solitudes. 314
  • Xxix. Mid-October Days. 324
  • Xxx. A Moist Letter. 336
  • Xxxi. Frost in the Window. 344
  • Xxxii. Snow-Storm Traveling. 348
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