|Interesting description of Americans:||dr hoo|
Jan 29, 2004 1:48 PM
|"He hadn't really known what to expect of America. But people here seem to do things--hangings included-- with a blunt, blank efficiency that's admirable and disappointing at the same time. Like jumping fish, they go about difficult matters with bloodless ease. As if they were all born knowing things that other people must absorb, along with faery-tales and superstitions, from their families and villages. Maybe it is because most of them came over on ships."
From Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson. Set in Colonial America.