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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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quiet dignity, which constitute the chief attractions of the former.
The result has compassed something more than was anticipated
by the several parties. Seeking only to waste a summer grate-
fully, to find health and gentle excitements,�the simple object
of the whole, they yet found more precious benefits in the un-
wonted communion. Prejudices were worn away in the grate-
ful attrition ; new lights were brought to bear upon the social
aspects of differing regions ; thought was stimulated to fresh
researches ; and the general resources of the country, moral as
well as physical, underwent a development, as grateful and en-
couraging as they were strange and wonderful to all the parties.
The desag remens of these extemporaneous progresses were
not limited to bad roads and clumsy or crazy vehicles, rude dwel-
lings, and the absence of the usual comforts upon which the
gentry of the low country of the South, trained in English
schools, are apt to insist with, perhaps, a little too much tenacity.
We are compelled to make one admission, in respect to our in-
terior, which we do in great grief of heart and much vexation
of spirit. If the schoolmaster is abroad, the cook is not ! Our
cuisine is not well ordered in the forest country. The `Physiolo-
gie de Gait' has never there been made a text-book, in the
schools of culinary philosophy. We doubt if a single copy of
this grave authority can be found in all the mountain ranges of
the Apalachian. They have the grace and the gravy ; but these
are not made to mingle as they should. The art which weds
the vinegar and the oil, in happiest harmonies, so that neither
is suffered to prevail in the taste, has never, in this region, com-
manded that careful study, or indeed consideration, which their
union properly demands. The rank of the cuisinier is not prop-
erly recognised. The weight and importance of a grain of salt
in the adjustment (shall we say compromise?) of a salade, is, we
grieve to say, not justly understood in our forest watering-places;
and, skilful enough at a julep or a sherry-cobler, they betray
but "prentice ban's' when a. steak, or a sauce, is the subject of
preparation. Monsieur Guizot, speaking in properly-dignified
language of the common sentiment of France, insists that she is
the most perfect representative of the civilization of Christendom.
Of course, he bases her claims to this position entirely on the
virtues of her cuisine. The moral of the nation comes from the