Excerpt: What the Bookseller said?A Walk in Frankfort?What the Portress said?Glimpses of Landscapes?Forest and River?W?rzburg?Stein Wine?View from the Citadel-hill?A Change of Bedrooms?Coming to an Understanding with the Reader?Good Night!
What the Bookseller said—A Walk in Frankfort—What the Portress said—Glimpses of Landscapes—Forest and River—Würzburg—Stein Wine—View from the Citadel-hill—A Change of Bedrooms—Coming to an Understanding with the Reader—Good Night!
"How happens it," I said to a bookseller in the Zeil, "that a map of Bohemia is not to be had in all Frankfort?"
"How it happens?" he answered, with a knowing smile: "because no one ever goes to Bohemia."
He searched and searched, as did a dozen of his fraternity whom I had previously visited, and found maps in number of Switzerland, Tyrol, Thuringia, Franconia, Turkey even, and Montenegro; but not the one I wanted.
"Such a thing is never asked for," he said, deprecatingly. "Suppose you go to Franconia instead."
All at once he bethought himself of an inner closet, 2 and there he discovered a map of Bohemia; but not a travelling map: an overcrowded sheet that confused the eye, and promised but little assistance for the byeways. However, under the circumstances, I took it as better than none.
"You will not get the map you want till you arrive at Prague," was the sort of encouragement I got some twenty-four hours afterwards from a Bohemian Professor in the Medical School at Würzburg.