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Publisher: General Books LLC (31 Jan. 2012)
By: John W. Allen (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER-1. The Voyage. Paul Dreifuss gave himself a holiday. He needed it, and he meant to make the best of it: hut not by any means in the ordinary way. In going to Europe he followed an old habit, formed in early life and kept up to old age. When very much out of sorts he always went to Europe. It was like going home. He was, in fact, a good deal more of a European than American, as one may see by his name. And yet he had been born on the banks of the Hudson--on what he considered the wrong side of the Atlantic--its new, rather raw, and uncomfortably incompleted side. He had to cross the ocean therefore to see, feel and admire what his Norse blood liked best, the real old finished products of the ages. The reader may as well be told here, in a dozen lines or so, who and what Paul Dreifuss was: for, Solomon has somewhere said, and everybody's experience has verified the saying: 'As a man is, so is his holiday.' Nay more: as a man happens to find himself at the time, so will be his holiday. No two holidays are therefore likely to resemble each other, unless they be enjoyed by a very commonplace and invariable character: and then, they are not likely to be enjoyed at all: but rather worried through and endured, or else snored through. A wide-awake holiday needs a wide-awake fellow for its successful performance. A rich soul only can buy a rich holiday. But folks are not so wideawake sometimes as at others: and the richest soul will find it difficult to cash its certificates of stock during a panic. Paul's holiday was somewhat of a failure on this principle: because he had grown a little too old for holidays, and because he took this one in the winter. Nevertheless, the story is worth telling, if for no other reason than that it shows how little an old man ...
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