a Curtain is not a Cabbage


from Philosophy of Furniture by Edgar Allen Poe (1840)

“In the internal decoration, if not in the external architecture of their residences, the English are supreme. The Italians have but little sentiment beyond marbles and colours. In France, meliora probant, deteriora sequuntur – the people are too much a race of gadabouts to maintain those household proprieties of which, indeed, they have a delicate appreciation, or at least the elements of a proper sense. The Chinese and most of the eastern races have a warm but inappropriate fancy. The Scotch are poor decorists. The Dutch have, perhaps, an indeterminate idea that a curtain is not a cabbage. In Spain they are all curtains – a nation of hangmen. The Russians do not furnish. The Hottentots and Kickapoos are very well in their way. The Yankees alone are preposterous.”

6 Responses to “a Curtain is not a Cabbage”

  1. but a rhinocerus is lettuce (given shards)

  2. But…why?

  3. a smoked fish told me, halibut the Ganges

  4. I am preposterous…especially since I don’t know {nor will I look up} what Hottentots and Kickapoos are.

  5. forms of evidence cabbage quite bacbage and geabca b to toe

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