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“Liked some of the neighbors there [Washington, D.C.] but not the society in general; 'tis too like a travelling menagerie, a gaping curiosity from group to group and a constant wish to see the big lions stirred up with a long pole.”
“[On New York City:] Coming from the quiet of Cambridge, still more than from Boston, the town seems to be undergoing an attack of delirium and looks very much as if it needed a keeper or it would run away and do something desperate.”
“After the quiet rational lives we Bostonians lead, for the most part, New York always appears to be undergoing an attack of delirium which forbids a moment's rest but breaks its victim on the wheel of petty frivolities. She brandishes straws, believing like the madman they are sceptres.”
“When Death first enters a house, he throws so long a shadow — it seems to touch every one.”
Fanny Longfellow, U.S. literary figure
(1817 - 1861)