The dramatic instinct to which the life of towns is necessarily unfavourable, is kept alive in the country by the smallness of the stage and the fewness
of the actors.
If their works betray imperfections, we wonder at the fewness
Comparing the town with Sydney, I was chiefly struck with the comparative fewness
of the large houses, either built or building.
If, however, an isolated area be very small, either from being surrounded by barriers, or from having very peculiar physical conditions, the total number of the individuals supported on it will necessarily be very small; and fewness
of individuals will greatly retard the production of new species through natural selection, by decreasing the chance of the appearance of favourable variations.
Then indeed I have felt ashamed of the fewness
of my wants; but only for a moment, and only under the withering influence of the eyeglass; for, after all, the owner's spirit is the same spirit as that which dwells in my servants--girls whose one idea of happiness is to live in a town where there are others of their sort with whom to drink beer and dance on Sunday afternoons.
They are solidly built, and are remarkable for the thickness of their walls, and for the fewness
of their windows, many of which are covered by gratings.
Is this due to the insularity of our writings in English, the fewness
of the writers, and the small base of readers of serious literature.