Chapter 7: “a very moral and nice book”
It was once the good-fortune of the present writer to read, in the Island of Fayal
, a letter just written by a young lady of Portuguese-English birth who had been reading the New Testament for the first time.
It was worth while to see such a letter, for many persons must have felt, first or last, with Thoreau
, that it would be a delightful thing for any one to encounter those wonderful narratives as a fresh discovery, in maturer years, apart from all the too familiar associations of Sunday-school and sermon.
Such was, at any rate, this young lady's experience, and her statement of the result was at least a little astonishing.
She wrote, in her half-foreign English
, to an American friend in these words: “Did you ever happen to read a book called the New Testament?
If not, I advise you to do so. I have just been reading it one of ”