and the kind traveller hastens to conciliate local pride by granting some individuality to a few cities, such as New York, Washington
, New Orleans, Boston
It is very possible that a closer student of this particular point might find less monotony, even among towns, than he does.
In Mr. Warner
's late studies of American cities, for instance, we are struck, not with the sameness, but with the variety.
Much depends upon the trained eye. A long railway trip across a level plain is monotonous to one who is looking for bold scenery; but it may not be monotonous to the agriculturist who is studying the crops, or to the botanist who is looking out for trees and wild flowers, or to the student of human nature who is watching for new types of character.
So an exhibition of machinery is monotonous to the ignorant, but full of knowledge to the expert; and there was a capital illustration in Punch at the time of the first International Exposition
, showing the difference between a group of bored fashionables, passing languidly through the hall devoted to new inventions, and a party of intelligent mechanics eagerly examining