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NEW ZEALAND

All people think that New Zealand is close to Australia or Asia, or somewhere, and that you cross to it on a bridge. But that is not so. It is not close to anything, but lies by itself, out in the water. It is nearest to Australia, but still not near. The gap between is very wide. It will be a surprise to the reader, as it was to me, to learn that the distance from Australia to New Zealand is really twelve or thirteen hundred miles, and that there is no bridge.
- Following the Equator

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Away down here fifty-five degrees south of the equator this sea seems to murmur in an unfamiliar tongue -- a foreign tongue -- a tongue bred among the ice-fields of the Antarctic -- a murmur with a note of melancholy in it proper to the vast uvisited solitudes it has come from. It was very delicious & solacing to wake in the night & find it still pulsing thee. I wish you were here -- land, but it would be fine!
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, 29 November 1895

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