One-minute review: A walk in the country on a spring morning among the flowers and the birds and encounters an expert on tulips who is actually a “Tulippomaniac.” The narrator praises pretty tulips but does not recognize truly valuable tulips. The owner of the tulips lost a large sum of money when his cook mistook some of his best tulip bulbs for onions and turned them into a salad.
“…I look upon the whole country in springtime as a spacious garden, and make as many visits to a spot of daisies or a bank of violets….”
“There is not a bush and blossom within a mile of me, which I am not acquainted with, nor scarce a daffodil or cowslip that withers away in my neighborhood without my missing it.”
“…reflecting the bounty of
Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson.
What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.