Oofy here: Editorial: Cowper. Deal with it.
Recently returned from his tour to the eastern states, Captain Ken has reported his astonishment that Americans could describe the architecture and layout of New York as beautiful, and his further astonishment at the praise they heaped on the scenery along the train line from New York to Philadelphia.
Mr and Mrs C of Palm Beach ask us why we should prize nature for its beauty. This might be a question for the philosopher. One answer might be that when we define the natural world as the world that is untouched by humanity, we shrug off a weight of critical endeavour, and the consequent relief may itself incline us to associate nature with the beautiful.
Mr Honey picked up a nasty bruise on his knee on a recent visit to a country place. His memories of the episode are indistinct but he has offered that there was a fine cellar, that the place was all tangled up and Gothicked with ivy, and that really the people there should take more care.