The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  THE WESTERN VENICE BY MOONLIGHT - It is the crowning glory of Carlyle that he wrote "Sartor Resartus" - The Tailor Mended. In that wonderful book, which it is held that only a few can understand, he deals, first, with the masks and conventions afforded by clothes. After he has indulged his fancy, satire and ridicule with the power of fine clothes, and the effect of rags, he passes to the more serious and poetic treatment of his subject, which is to show that even as a man's clothes are but the covering of his body, so his words, his acts, his life, and his hopes, are but a leaping down orally from Adam of some thoughts, beliefs, ideas and emotions toward which he is like the man in the hippodrome who holds the hoop, or helps the performance along. The truth of this dictum was to be felt in Jackson Park, especially in the moonlight, where it would be apparent to the thoughtful visitor that the scene could not have existed had not Venice previously existed. Hither had leaped, across the centuries, across the seas, all that was beautiful and sacred in the Bride of the Adriatic. The corpse, the body, the mask of murders, wars, conspiracies and torture had stayed behind; the music of the oars, the white shining arches of the palaces, the columns of St. Mark, the gondoliers, the blue sky and glistening waters, in the midst of three hundred millions of the world's wealth piled round about, was here, a Venice resurrected from its crimes and glorified.
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