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Domestic Manners Of The Americans

by Frances Milton Trollope

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We were by no means the only sufferers by the accident; frogs, lizards, locusts, katiedids, beetles, and hornets, had the whole of their various tenements disturbed, and testified their displeasure very naturally by annoying us as much as possible in return; we were bit, we were stung, we were scratched; and when, at last, we succeeded in raising ourselves from the venerable ruin, we presented as woeful a spectacle as can well be imagined. We shook our (not ambrosial) garments, and panting with heat, stings, and vexation, moved a few paces from the scene of our misfortune, and again sat down; but this time it was upon the solid earth.

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Fanny reports accurately about our forefathers' harsh pioneer character, and points out the lack of education everywhere. For example, men spitting tobacco on the floor, ladies off in another room while the guys have a good time, etc. Fanny felt most of the people she encountered were loud, dirty, vulgar, and devotedly patriotic. The personality of our society hasn't changed much, and is still being commented on with the same frankness as Fanny, by other writers like Saul Bellow, Gore Vidal, Dawn Powell, Paul Theroux and Joan Didion. It is her dramatic descriptions of the physical conditions and the people that give this book its historical value. Mrs. Trollope clearly loved America, and simply wrote truthfully about it. She is obliged to no one, which makes for truthful and impartial writing. Fanny Trollope was the mother of Anthony Trollope, an English novelist of the nineteenth century. Please Note: This book has been reformatted to be easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.



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