An old woman tells sleepy stories. Mont Cenis. Nursing 1821.

Nursing, French, traditional, national, costumes, Mont Cenis, Savoie,
Nursing, Mount Cenis.

Mont Cenis. Nursing 1821.

INFANCY is ever the same in all countries, a mimickry of age. In childhood man is all memory; imagination begins when memory is sated; and judgment, when the latter is fading, and the first almost dead, such is life: when we could use our materials, they fail us; and when they abound, we want the instrument.

A child puts on the spectacles of age, but they are of no use: a young man affects the judgment of his elders, and finds himself wrong: an old woman, the vivacity of youth, and she tells sleepy stories.

Source: Sketches Illustrative of the Manners and Costumes of France, Switzerland and Italy. Illustrations by Richard Bridgens. Text by J.W. Polidori London. Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. 1821.


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