Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Snow in Literature: February 16, 2016

Photo by Louise Aucott
Our brilliant young men might do worse, when in search of a subject, than devote a year or two to cows in literature, snow in literature, the daisy in Chaucer and in Coventry Patmore.  At any rate, the snow falls heavily.  The Portsmouth mail-coach has already lost its way; several ships have foundered, and Margate pier has been totally destroyed.  At Hatfield Peveral twenty sheep have been buried, and though one supports itself by gnawing wurzels which it has found near it, there is grave reason to fear that the French king's coach has been blocked on the road to Colchester.  It is now the 16th of February 1808.

"Miss Mitford" (CR 185; E3 219)

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