July was almost gone; and the two travellers finally left the enchanted island for Holland
, recalling Emerson
's advice to one going abroad for the first time: “A year for England
, and a year for the rest of the world!”
The much neglected Journal now takes up the story.
The great Franz Hals
pictures delighted her beyond measure.
She always bought the best reproductions she could afford, and valued highly an etching that she owned from his Bohemienne.
She never waited for any authority to admire either a work of art or a person.
She had much to say about the influence of the Dutch
blood both in our own family and in our country, which was to her merely a larger family connection.
All through Holland
she was constantly noting customs and traditions which we seemed to have inherited; and she felt a great likeness and sympathy between herself and some of the Dutch
people she knew.
. To the old prison where the instruments of torture are preserved.
The prison itself is so dark and bare that to stay therein was a living death.
To this was often added the most cruel torture.
The poor wretch was stretched on a cross, on which revolving wheels, turned by a crank, agonized and destroyed his spinal column — or, by another machine, his head and feet were drawn in opposite directionsor, his limbs were stretched out and every bone broken with an iron bar. Tortures of fire and water were added.
Through all these horrors, I saw the splendors ”