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On the Old Road Vol. 1

A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature

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Author: John Ruskin
Published: 1885
Language: English
Wordcount: 129,893 / 385 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.3
LoC Categories: PR, N
Downloads: 995
Added to site: 2008.06.03
mnybks.net#: 21116
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Art
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year. On less lively, fanciful, and amiable persons than my old friend, the New Road and the daily desk do verily exercise a degrading and much to be regretted influence. But Mr. Harrison brought the freshness of pastoral simplicity into the most faded corners of the Green, lightened with his cheerful heart the most leaden hours of the office, and gathered during his three weeks' holiday in the neighborhood, suppose, of Guildford, Gravesend, Broadstairs, or Rustington, more vital recreation and speculative philosophy than another man would have got on the grand tour.

12. On the other hand, I, who had nothing to do all day but what I liked, and could wander at will among all the best beauties of the globe--nor that without sufficient power to see and to feel them, was habitually a discontented person, and frequently a weary one; and the reproachful thought which always rose in my mind when in that unconquerable listlessness of surfeit from excitement I found myself unable to win even a momentary pleasur

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