Wednesday, September 8, 2010

'If old bachelors were treated with a little more charity'


A daily taste of Newfoundlandia

“We do conscientiously believe that if old bachelors were treated with a little more charity; if a sunny smile from an arch blue eye was occasionally directed towards them; if they were greeted with a kind look instead of a frown, and a cordial welcome instead of a cold recognizance and an indifferent toss of the head; if young ladies, taking pity on the forlorn condition of old bachelors, would deem it an act of duty to pet them a little more than they do, many a heart that now resembles the ‘wind and the winter night,’ would be soothed and subdued; many an icicle would be melted; many a withered shrub would be transplanted, and flourish in a warmer clime.”

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser, September 1837.

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