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The Englishwoman in America

The Englishwoman in America by Isabella L. Bird
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Isabella Bird travels abroad in Canada and the United States in the 1850s. As an Englishwoman and a lone female, she travels as far as Chicago, Prince Edward Island, and Cincinatti. Her observations on the trials and tribulations of the journeys are astute, if formed by her place and time in history. Adventures with pickpockets, omnibuses, cholera, and rat invested hotels deter her not. (Sibella Denton)

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THE ENGLISHWOMAN IN AMERICA

BY ISABELLA LUCY BIRD

FOREWORD AND NOTES BY ANDREW HILL CLARK

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Prefatory and explanatory The voyage out The sentimental The actual The oblivious The medley Practical joking An unwelcome companion American patriotism The first view The departure.

CHAPTER II.

An inhospitable reception Halifax and the Blue Noses The heat Disappointed expectations The great departed What the Blue Noses might be What the coach was not Nova Scotia and its capabilities The roads and their annoyances A tea dinner A night journey and a Highland cabin A nautical catastrophe A joyful reunion.

CHAPTER III.

Popular ignorance The garden island Summer and winter contrasted A wooden capital Island politics, and their consequences Gossip "Blowin time" Religion and the clergy The servant nuisance Colonial society An evening party An island premier Agrarian outrage A visit to the Indians The pipe of peace An Indian coquette Country hospitality A missionary A novel mode of lobster fishing Uncivilised life Far away in the woods Starvation and dishonesty An old Highlander and a Highland welcome Hopes for the future... Continue reading book >>


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