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Europe After 8:15

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Author: H.L. Mencken
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 33,718 / 106 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85
LoC Categories: G, PS
Downloads: 2,634
Added to site: 2007.01.08
mnybks.net#: 15749
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Humor, Satire, Travel
Excerpt

uniform seashell grey. It is a scene of indescribable loveliness; the wild reds of hades splashed riotously upon the cold whites and pale hues of heaven. The night train for Venice, a long line of black coaches, is entering the town. Somewhere below, apparently in the barracks, a sunset gun is fired. After a silence of perhaps two or three minutes, the Americans gather fresh inspiration and resume their conversation.

"I have seen worse scenery."

"Very pretty."

"Yes, sir; it's well worth the money."

"But the Rockies beat it all hollow."

"Oh, of course. They have nothing over here that we can't beat to a whisper. Just consider the Rhine, for instance. The Hudson makes it look like a country creek."

"Yes, you're right. Take away the castles, and not even a German would give a hoot for it. It's not so much what a thing is over here as what reputation it's got. The whole thing is a matter of press-agenting."

"I agree with you. There's the 'beautif

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