Roman Spring: Memoirs

By Mrs. Winthrop Chanler | Go to book overview

XXII
TUXEDO PARK

THE following autumn we moved into our cottage at Tuxedo Park. My husband had been persuaded by his friend Amos French that we should be happy there. I had not been consulted and was skeptical from the first; nevertheless I did what I could to make the best of it, though I never succeeded in disguising my dislike of the place. I found the life there fundamentally distasteful. A country-club community enclosed by a high fence; the entrance strictly guarded against intruders; only members and their guests were allowed to enter. I always resented the exclusion of random elements.

The landscape of wooded hills sloping steeply down to a long lake was pleasant enough, and the air was delicious; had we been Thibetan hermits we might never have found a better spot in which to withdraw from the world and meditate on the Non-Ego. But there was a big ugly clubhouse where parties were constantly given, and it was considered unfriendly not to attend them; there were a few large houses and a great many small ones, all inhabited by hospitable folk who hailed one another by their nicknames; to quote Mr. Charles Francis Adams's description of the Boston society of his youth, "it was a

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • I - Roman Childhood 3
  • II - Palazzo Odescalchi 12
  • III - Villeggiatura 24
  • IV - Theatricals and Weddings 31
  • V - West Prussia in the Seventies 41
  • VI - Florence and Free Thought 56
  • VII - Enter Music 71
  • VIII - Americans in Rome 87
  • IX - The Western World 94
  • X - Californian Exile 104
  • XI - Americana 111
  • XII - Return to Italy 120
  • XIII - Sorrento 150
  • XIV - A Gay Cousin 159
  • XV - Roman Festivities 170
  • XVI - Vita Nuova on Hudson 180
  • XVII - Lodge and Roosevelt 191
  • XVIII - Washington Friends 204
  • XIX - Rome Revisited 214
  • XX - New York Society 230
  • XXI - New York's Compensations 250
  • XXII - Tuxedo Park 260
  • II - Ave Roma 270
  • XXIV - The Spanish War 284
  • XXV - Friendship of Henry Adams 291
  • XXVI - Tyrolese Summers 309
  • Index 315
  • Index 317
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