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(without typos) from the publisher. 1873. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... FUKNESS ABBEY. Yesterday, July 12th, we took a phaeton and
went' to Furness Abbey, -- a drive of about sixteen miles, passing
along the course of the Leam to Morecambe Bay, and through Ulverton
and other villages. These villages all look antique, and the
smallest of them generally are formed of such close, contiguous
clusters of houses, and have such narrow and crooked streets, that
they give you an idea of a metropolis in miniature. The houses
along the- road (of which there are not many, except in the
villages) are almost invariably old, built of stone, and covered
with a light gray plaster; generally they have a little
flower-garden in front, and, often, honeysuckles, roses, or some
other sweet and pretty rustic adornment, are flowering over the
porch. I have hardly had such images of simple, quiet, rustic
comfort and beauty, as from the look of these houses; and the whole
impression of our winding and undulating road, bordered by hedges,
luxuriantly green, and not too closely clipped, accords with this
aspect. There is nothing arid in an English landscape; and one
cannot but fancy that the same may be true of English rural life.
The people look wholesome and well-to-do, -- not specimens of hard,
dry, sunburnt muscle, like our yeomen, -- and are kind and civil to
strangers, sometimes making a little inclination of the head in
passing. Miss Martineau, however, does not seem to think well of
their mental and moral condition. "We reached Furness Abbey about
twelve. There is a railway station close by the ruins; and a new
hotel stands within the precincis of the abbey grounds; and
continually there is the shriek, the whiz, the rumble, the
bell-ringing, denoting the arrival of the trains; and passengers
alight, and step at once (as their choice may be) into the ref...
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