"...I adhere to my determination of giving you my observations, as I travel through new scenes, whilst warmed with the impression they have made on me."
"Talk not of bastilles! To be born here, was to be bastilled by nature..." [of Sweden]
"...the Danes are the people who have made the fewest sacrifices to the graces."
Of the three countries Norway is her clear favorite. Since the Other Reader is a quarter Norwegian, I was pleased to be able to report this.
But it's not all snark--much as I enjoy a good snark. There's some fine nature writing, which leads her to meditate on our relative need for nature and civilization.
"...the line of beauty requires some curves..."
She compares government and society in the three countries: at this time Sweden is going through a conservative, anti-Jacobin phase, and its finances are problematic because of a recent war against Russia and Denmark; Denmark is led by a Crown Prince who's an enlightened despot, which is (marginally) better than a plain despot; and Norway, nominally under Danish suzerainty, is suffering benign neglect, and its sturdy yeomanry little troubled by aristocrats. Anyway, that's what she says...
A map of her travels:
The book works for a couple of my challenges this year:
"Adieu! I must trip up the rocks..."