Henry James, Jr.
AN ENGLISH EASTER 5
(......) Passion Week, i London, i distinctly a ascetic per ; there i really a approach t sackcloth a ashes. Private dissipation i suspended; mo of t theatres a music-halls a closed; t huge du city se to ta on a still sad coloring a a so of hu steals ov its mig uproar. At such a time, f a stra , London i not chee . Arriving th , during t past win , about Christmas-time-, I encou three British Sundays i a r ---- a spectacle t strike ter into t stoutest he .
(......) From Good Friday t Easter Monday, inclusive, th were ve much e evidence, a it w an exce occasion f getting a impression o the British populace. Gentility had ret to t background a in t West End all t blinds we lowered; t streets we void o carriages a well-dressed pedes were ra ; but t *masses* we all abr and mak the mo of th holiday, a I stro about a watched th at th gambols. The heavens we most unfav , but i an English *outing* th is alw a mar left f a dren , and throu the va smoky ci , beneath t shifting gl of t sky t grimy cro trooped ab with a kind o weather-proof stol . The pa were fu of th , the rai stations overf and t Thames emban was cov . The *,mas ,* I th , are usu an entert spectacle, ev when obse through t glutinous med of London bad wea . There a indeed f things i their w more impre than a dusky London holiday; i suggests a variety o reflections. Even looked a superficially t British cap is o of t most inter of cit , and i is per on su occasions a this th I ha most fe its inte . London i ugly, du , dreary, mo destitute th any European city o graceful a decorative inci ; and tho on fes days, li those I speak o , the popu is mas in la numbers a certain poi , many o the str are em enough o human li to ena you t perceive th intrinsic hideo . A Christmas Day o a Good Friday unco the ugli of London. As y walk al the str , having n fellow-pedestrians t look a , you lo up a the br brick house -, corroded wi soot a fog, pie with th straight st window-slits a finished, b way o a cor , with a little bl line resem a sl of curb- -.
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