The Scandinavian Book, compiled and edited by P. F. D. 'lament (Hodge, 15s.),
TO call this a traveller's companion
is taking a pretty lofty view of the average traveller who only wants to know the beauty spots, the hotels and a few phrases with which to confound the English-perfect native. It seems to me the book to read on a winter's evening at home when one is in the mood to re-live one's summer holiday and to fill in those gaps of knowledge that sun-bathing lethargy robbed one of at the time. Here is much—but not too much — of Scandinavian legend, history, social habits, climate, natural beauty and games which has all the fascination of the archaic. But don't try to use it en vavage for the practical purpose of finding the odd and useful phrase. It does include a few from an old grammar but they read rather lugubriously, "I have but a puny stomach . . . I hope the letting of blood will do you good . . . He is a consumptive. t'is incurable. If asses milk does not cure him nothing will . . am dying, cheer up. do not to be cast down for so small a matter."
Curious conversation, even for 1748, surely,
A point of special interest: how extraordinarily Catholic are all the feast days kept by the Scandinavians right into the last century, and since these people are great traditionalists, many are still kept today. I. C.