Grey People in a Grey Land

Quick Quotes 13. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908).  Returning home to England after a long holiday in Spain, Marriott felt strangely out of place.

The effect of being transported from Spain to England with only an interval of sea, which is no man’s country, was very strange. Both James and I are lovers of our native land, but for a few minutes as we stood in the chill rain at a street corner waiting for a tram we suffered an acute depression of spirits. There was no colour anywhere; nobody spoke or moved with any vitality. They were grey people in a grey land. We had no place here. The impression of strangeness lasted only for a few minutes, and then we took hold of reality again.


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