Rural Essays

Rural Essays

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...the country, is undoubtedly at the bottom of it. " Give me," says a retired citizen, before whose eyes red brick and dusty streets have been the only objects for years, "give me a white house with bright green blinds in the country." To him, white is at once the newest, cleanest, smartest, and most conspicuous color which it is possible to choose for his cottage or villa. Its freshness and newness he prizes as a clown does that of his Sunday suit, the more the first day after it comes from the tailor, with all the unsullied gloss and glitter of gilt buttons. To possess a house which has a quiet air, as though it might have been inhabited and well taken care of for years, is no pleasure to him. He desires every one to know that he, Mr. Broadcloth, has come into the country and built a New house. Nothing will give the stamp of newness so strongly as white paint. Besides this, he does not wish his light to be hidden under a bushel. He has no idea of leading an obscure life in the country. Seclusion and privacy are the only blue devils of his imagination. He wishes every passer-by on the river, railroad, or highway, to see and know that this is Mr. Broadcloth's villa. It must be conspicuous--therefore it is painted White. Any one who has watched the effect of example in a country neighborhood, does not need to be told that all the small dwellings that are built the next season after Mr. Broadcloth's new house, are painted, if possible, a shade whiter, and the blinds a little more intensely verdant--what the painters triumphantly call "French green." There is no resisting the fashion; those who cannot afford paint use whitewash; and whole villages, to borrow Miss Miggs's striking illustration, lbok like " whitenin'...show more

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558839
  • 9781236558831