an one, and rebelled against the necessity of doing so,
as little as they did at the employment of a barrister to plead their cause in the halls of justice.
But if aristocracy was not excluded from towns, still more did it pervade the rural life of England
The climate not only enjoyed the softer atmosphere that belongs to the western side of masses of land, but was further modified by the proximity of every part of it to the sea. It knew neither long continuing heat nor cold; and was more friendly to daily employment throughout the whole year, within doors or without, than any in Europe
The island was ‘a little world’ of its own; with a ‘happy breed of men’ for its inhabitants, in whom the hardihood of the Norman was intermixed with the gentler qualities of the Celt and the Saxon
, just as nails are rubbed into steel to temper and harden the Damascus blade.
They loved country life, of which the mildness of the clime increased the attractions; since every grass and flower and tree that had its home between the remote north and the neighborhood of the tropics would live abroad, and such only excepted as needed a hot sun to unfold their bloom, or concentrate their aroma, or ripen their fruit, would thrive in perfection: so that no region could show such a varied wood.
The moisture of the sky favored a soil not naturally very rich; and so fructified the earth, that it was clad in perpetual verdure.
Nature had its attractions even in winter.
The ancient trees were stripped indeed of their foliage; but showed more clearly their fine proportions, and the undisturbed nests of the noisy rooks among their boughs; the air was so mild, that the flocks and herds still grazed on the freshly springing herbage; and the