The Traveller's Library Volume 7

The Traveller's Library Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...You fly into a passion, and call in the landlord: " That port! take it away, it is not fit to drink." And the landlord shrugs, says that " On dit que c'est bien bon," iand retires, sacring in his heart at " ces betes d'Anglais." The fact is, that port is extensively manufactured in France, and especially in Britanny, whereifrom old English connexion I suppose the ghost still lingers; and at SaintBrieux it is fabricated by thousands of bottles annually. Witli this ignorance of port is coupled an equal one of sherry. They have no notion of it, though they drink it occasionally. But there is one reason of this in the fact, that by the rules of the customs sherry is classed as a liqueur, and therefore is subject to a higher duty, and so the people lose one of the finest wines in the world. For, as I once heard an old English friend'say, " How the deuce can you expect the French to get on well? they neither drink port nor sherry; they shoot foxes, and drive on the wrong side of the road." Britanny is a very tolerable country for a gentleman to live in, in many respects, i. e. that for a moderate income he can live well. In many points, with 2501. a year a man may have luxuries, and by degrees he will become so far habituated to the style of the country as to cease disturbing himself for the want of certain English comforts. Houserent is moderate, except in towns, as the French in general do not like country-houses. A good house in the country is to be had at from l2l. to 251. per annum, and generally with land and a garden; but often money must be laid out to make it a comfortable residence. Wages are low, from 31. to 5l. for women, and about the same, or a little more, for men....show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236858891
  • 9781236858894