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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 7: Cambridge in later life (search)
ts outlying mountains, all wooded to the top. These high felicities were seldom much impeded by the care of Dorcas, our landlady's old horse; if her reins were tightened she would tear recklessly down the steepest path, but if the reins were left on her back she would pick her own way, as is the wont of New Hampshire horses, as securely as a donkey. Some of the roads are in point of roughness like donkey-tracks and quite unlike those smooth avenues that surprise the American traveller in Switzerland and in the Scotch mountains. Dorcas was clearly deficient, as her mistress honestly admitted, in gimp. The confession at first bewildered us, since we had never heard of a horse which adorned herself with that feminine appliance. But the discovery of a local phrase is as interesting as that of a local flower, and when, on consulting Webster's Dictionary, we found that beside the gimp of the upholsterers there was another gimp signifying smart, spruce, trim, nice, and found the word
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52; at Mt. Auburn, 256, 257; and Thomas Hughes, 258, 259; and Woman's Suffrage, 263, 265, 270; and Emily Dickinson, 268; and Philological Convention, 271, 272; on T. G. Appleton, 272-74; in Europe in 1872, 275-77; in Chester, 275, 276; at London, 276, 277; in Europe in 1878, 278-302; at Aldershot review, 278, 279; in London, 279-83, 286-88, 294; in France, 283-85; at Reading, 285; at Oxford, 286, 290-92; at Windsor, 288; in Scotland, 293, 294; in Normandy, 297-99; in Germany, 300, 301; in Switzerland, 301,302; in Europe in 1897, 303, 304; in England, 303; in London, 303; in Paris, 303; in Scotland, 304; in Europe in 1901, 304-20; in Tangier, 304-08; in Granada, 308, 309; in Italy, 309-16; in Venice, 314-16; in the Tyrol, 316-18; in English Lake region, 319, 320; returns to Cambridge to live, 321; effects of Civil War, 322, 323; and Matthew Arnold, 323, 324; and Cleveland campaign, 324, 325; at home of ancestors, 326, 327; and Henry Higginson, 327, 328; at Dublin, N. H., 328-30; and St