consolation to the old man."
Literature flourished in East Anglia in 1837. Bulwer Lytton, an East Anglian by birth and breeding, had just published "Paul Clifford," and was about to commence a new and better style of novel. Norwich had long been celebrated for its Literary Society, and one of the most remarkable of the literary men of the age was George Borrow, author of the "Bible in Spain," the materials for which he was then collecting, and who spent much of his life in East Anglia, where he was born. He was five years in Spain during the disturbed early years of Isabella II., and he travelled in every part of Castile and Leon, as well as the southern part of the Peninsula and Northern Portugal. Again and again his adventurous habits brought him into danger among brigands and Carlists, as well as Roman Catholic priests, and he experienced a brief imprisonment in Madrid. At Norwich also was then living Mrs. Opie--as a Quakeress--after having spent the greater part of her life in London gaiety. A lad
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