Preparations for a Journey
Physics, Chemistry, Engineers
The 'whole routine of valedictory arrangements' induces in the writer 'a sense of dislocation, which, next to a vacuum, Nature abhors' and creates 'a species of moral decomposition, not unlike that effected on matter by chemical agency' (186). Makes reference to 'one of Mr. M'Adam's titles—"the Colossus of Roads"'(188).
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