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London Films

By Howells, W. D.

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Title: London Films  
Author: Howells, W. D.
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Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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METEOROLOGICAL EMOTIONS. Whoever carries a mental kodak with him (as I suspect I was in the habit of doing long before I knew it) must be aware of the uncertain value of the different exposures. This can be determined only by the process of developing, which requires a dark room and other apparatus not always at hand; and so much depends upon the process that it might be well if it could always be left to some one who makes a specialty of it, as in the case of the real amateur photographer. Then one?s faulty impressions might be so treated as to yield a pictorial result of interest, or frankly thrown away if they showed hopeless to the instructed eye. Otherwise, one must do one?s own developing, and trust the result, whatever it is, to the imaginative kindness of the reader, who will surely, if he is the right sort of reader, be able to sharpen the blurred details, to soften the harsh lights, and blend the shadows in a subordination giving due relief to the best meaning of the print. This is what I fancy myself to be doing now, and if any one shall say that my little pictures are superficial, I shall not be able to gainsay him. I can only answer that most pictures represent the surfaces of things; but at the same time I can fully share the disappointment of those who would prefer some such result as the employment of the Roentgen rays would have given, if applied to certain aspects of the London world.

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CONTENTS I. METEOROLOGICAL EMOTIONS II. CIVIC AND SOCIAL COMPARISONS, MOSTLY ODIOUS III. SHOWS AND SIDE-SHOWS OF STATE IV. THE DUN YEAR'S BRILLIANT FLOWER V. THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE STREETS VI. SOME MISGIVINGS AS TO THE AMERICAN INVASION VII. IN THE GALLERY OF THE COMMONS VIII. THE MEANS OF SOJOURN IX. CERTAIN TRAITS OF THE LONDON SPRINGTIME X. SOME VOLUNTARY AND INVOLUNTARY SIGHTSEEING XI. GLIMPSES OF THE LOWLY AND THE LOWLIER XII. TWICE-SEEN SIGHTS AND HALF-FANCIED FACTS XIII. AN AFTERNOON AT HAMPTON COURT XIV. A SUNDAY MORNING IN THE COUNTRY XV. FISHING FOR WHITEBAIT XVI. HENLEY DAY XVII. AMERICAN ORIGINS--MOSTLY NORTHERN XVIII. AMERICAN ORIGINS--MOSTLY SOUTHERN XIX. ASPECTS AND INTIMATIONS XX. PARTING GUESTS

 
 



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