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by Charles Dudley Warner
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The central position that the fireplace has in holding a family together is explained in an enchanting manner. Warner claims that modern advancements have led to the deterioration of family values, chivalry and courtesy. The work captivates the fancy and presents the charms of the days gone by.
I would as soon have an Englishman without side-whiskers as a fire without a big backlog; and I would rather have no fire than one that required no tending,--one of dead wood that could not sing again the imprisoned songs of the forest, or give out in brilliant scintillations the sunshine it absorbed in its growth. Flame is an ethereal sprite, and the spice of danger in it gives zest to the care of the hearth-fire.
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