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Henry James, Jr.

AN ENGLISH EASTER 4

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.