Henry James, Jr.


It be admitted that there is a sort of unexpectedness this vernal exodus of a body of people who, a week before, were apparently devoting much energy to down for the season. Half of them have but come back from the country, where they have been the winter, and they have just had time, it be supposed, to collect the scattered threads of town-life-. , however, the threads are dropped and society is dispersed, if it had taken a false start. It departs Holy Week draws to a close, and remains absent the following ten days. Where it goes is its affair; a good deal of it goes to Paris. last winter in that city I remember how, when woke up on Easter Monday and looked out of window, I found the street covered, overnight, with a of snow-fall of disembarked Britons. They made, for other , an uncomfortable week of it. One's customary table at restaurant, one's habitual stall at the Thtre Franaisç, one's fiacre on the cab-stand-, were very apt to have pre-emption-. I believe that the pilgrimage to Paris was year of the usual proportions: and you may be that people who did not cross the Channel were without invitations to quiet old places in the country, the pale, fresh primroses were beginning to light up dark turf and the purple bloom of the bare to be freckled here and there with verdure. In country-life is the obverse of the medal, town-life the , and when an occasion comes for quitting London there few members of what the French call the “easy ” who have not a collection of dull, moist, verdant to choose from. Dull I call them, and I not without reason, though at the moment I speak their dullness must have been mitigated by the unintermittent of the keenest and liveliest of east winds. Even mellow English country homes Easter-tide is a period of and atmospheric acridity ---- the moment at which the hostility of winter, which has at last to give the game, turns to peevishness and spite. This is makes it arbitrary, as I said just now, for *easy* people to go forth to the wind-swept lawns the shivering parks. But nothing is more striking to American than the frequency of English holidays and the way in which occasions for change and diversion are use of. All this speaks to Americans of three which they are accustomed to see allotted in scantier . The English have more time than we, they have money, and they have a much higher relish for taking.



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