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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 1: Cambridge and Newburyport (search)
wn Miss Sarah's age (in bonnet and cloak) at threescore and ten, but she glides back into youth in a ballroom; and as for Anna, she is like the youngest Miss Pecksniff —— a regular gushing thing. Railroads are feeble images to describe their conver powers, but their styles are different. Sarah languishes onward with the tremulous impetus of a forty-car freight train; Anna spins ahead like a lively young locomotive racing homeward, upsetting countless urchins (in white cravats) without mercy; respite. I could talk to Sarah; she fixed her (rather pretty) dark eyes on me and we meandered over past years, but with Anna I could only let her talk on, lean against the wall, and chuckle inwardly. But she is pretty, fresh, rosy, bright-eyed, aong the ladies of the Pleasant Street Society, wedded and single, is peculiar, unanimous, and need not be dwelt upon. Let Anna [his sister] imagine herself in their situation-what would you say or do to the men, my dear? Husbands and fathers have t
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 3: Journeys (search)
espair, with the personal grandeur peculiar to that classic town, when represented by its citizens abroad. She was nee W--, and there is a suppressed-Quincy sacredness in her every gesture. Her husband is the noted antiquarian, I believe; but nothing unbends her but perch, of which she has caught more than anybody; thus linking her to humanity through the indirect tie of a fishline. Twenty-five years later, the writer again saw his old seaport town, and wrote thus to his sister: Dearest Anna: I did wish so much that you could have gone with us in our lovely drive round the Cape. ... What I enjoyed most was seeing Pigeon Cove again after twenty-five years and finding it so much less altered than I expected — the same queer little fish-houses and dories, a few men mending nets or putting on fishhooks, the same breakwater, only increased, and the same green street. On the piazza at Miss Susanna's, where we boarded, sat her widower--, now proprietor, the house still carried
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter army life and camp drill (search)
y recognized by naming for him the recent great soldiers' training camp at Ayer. August 2 Dearest Mother: We take things more quietly here. The war has never cost us a minute's sleep, which Dr. Holmes thinks enviable at such a time. You and Anna croon over your Springfield Republican till you get altogether too anxious. Our people are too excitable and felt the Manassas repulse far more than was needful. So far as the military aspects of the matter are concerned, everything looks muchst April, and this, though her family are secesh. But their parish has almost vanished, all the gentility of Baltimore being as strong in the wrong direction as possible still, and the mob also-only the middle class loyal. February 21 You and Anna must be quite stirred up by the exciting news [fall of Fort Donelson], after all the sorrows which you and the Springfield Republican have interchanged. Does that vicarious journal admit the brighter side of the question? I don't believe that in