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17 Sunday May 2020
You may have already seen this, it is a description of the cemetery from Jules Verne in the summer of 1859 during his tour of Scotland:
“Back in Inverleith Row, Miss B led them across the street to Edinburgh’s new cemetery, as if it was a pleasure ground and the most natural place on Earth to visit.
It was indeed a lovely garden, with lawns and box shrub borders along the paths. The tombs were a pleasure to contemplate, and in that cool shaded place they made one yearn to lie down there in eternal peace. In such a cemetery, death does not take on the funeral gloom of France’s mausoleums and truncated columns: the tombs are like charming cottages where life flows past, leisurely and pleasant. This peculiar feeling moved Jaques and enabled him to appreciate why, so simply and naturally, Miss Amelia had led them to this entrancing park.”
From Jules Verne, Backward to Britain
Warriston Birder said:
Thank you for that! Very interesting.