Among the Isles of Shoals
GoShoals | 9:32 am | June 25, 2012 | Announcements
The writings of Celia Thaxter create a wonderful book review turned descriptive piece:
Writer Celia Thaxter’s 1873 description of the isles does not disappoint. She portrays the Shoals as a tranquil and isolated paradise, the few inhabitants of which soon “forget the hurry and worry and fret of life.” Though located just a few miles from the New England coast (nine at their closest point, according to Thaxter), the nine islands seem as removed from civilization as a distant planet.
“The eternal sound of the sea on every side has a tendency to wear away the edge of human thought and perception; sharp outlines become blurred and softened like a sketch in charcoal; nothing appeals to the mind with the same distinctness as on the mainland, amid the rush and stir of people and things, and the excitement of social life,” she writes.
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