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2"Superior people never make long visits,
4nor the glass flowers at Harvard.
5Self reliant like the cat --
6that takes its prey to privacy,
7the mouse's limp tail hanging like a shoelace from its mouth --
8they sometimes enjoy solitude,
9and can be robbed of speech
10by speech which has delighted them.
11The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;
12not in silence, but restraint."
14Inns are not residences.


1] "My father used to say: a remark in conversation; Miss A. M. Homans, Professor Emeritus of Hygiene, Wellesley College. `My father used to say, "superior people never make long visits, then people are not so glad when you've gone." When I am visiting, I like to go about by myself. I never had to be shown Longfellow's grave nor the glass flowers at Harvard.'" [Moore's note, p. 105] Back to Line
3] Longfellow: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet (1807-82). Back to Line
13] "`Make my house your inn': Edmund Burke to a stranger with whom he had fallen into conversation in a bookshop. Life of Burke: James Prior; `"Throw yourself into a coach," said he. "Come down and make my house your inn."'" [Moore's note, p. 105] Back to Line