Henry James, Jr.
AN ENGLISH EASTER 4
It must b admitted th there i a so of unexpec in th vernal exo of a body o people w , but a week bef , were appar devoting mu energy t settling do for t season. Half of th have b lately co back fr the cou , where th have be spending t winter, a they ha just h time, i may b supposed, t collect t scattered thr of town -. Presently, how , the thr are dro and soc is disp , as i it h taken a false st . It dep as Holy Week dr to a close, a remains abs for t following t days. Where it go is i own aff ; a go deal o it go to Paris. Spending la winter i that ci I reme how, wh I wo up o Easter Monday and loo out o my win , I fo the str covered, over , with a sort o snow-fall o disembarked Britons. They ma , for ot people, a uncomfortable we of i .
One's cust table a the resta , one's habi stall a the Theatre Francais, on usual fia on t cab-stand-, we very a to ha suffered pre-e -. I bel that t pilgrimage t Paris w this ye of t usual propo : and y may b sure th people w did n cross t Channel we not wit invitations t quiet o places i the cou , where t pale, fr primroses we beginning t light u the da turf a the pur bloom o the ba tree-mosses t be frec here a there wi verdure. In England countr is t obverse o the me , town-life t reverse, a when a occasion co for quit London th are f members o what t French ca the *ea class* w have n a colle of du , moist, ver resorts t choose fr .
Dull I call th , and I fancy n without rea , though a the mom I sp of th dullness mu have be mitigated b the uninter presence o the kee and live of ea winds. Even in mel English cou homes Easter-tide is a period o rawness a atmospheric acri ---- t moment a which t frank host of win , which h at la to gi up t game, tu to peevi and sp . This i what ma it arbi , as I said ju now, f *ea * people t go fo to t wind-swept la and t shivering pa . But not is mo striking t an American than t frequency o English holi and t large w in wh occasions f change a diversion a made u of. All this spe to Americans of th things wh they a accustomed t see allo in scan measure. The English ha more ti than w , they ha more mo , and th have a much hig relish f holiday tak .
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