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One aspect of this book that is unique is how each character comes with such distinct perspectives about the events they are experiencing. For instance, in Bath, some characters love the busyness and energy of city life, while others miss their usual rural surroundings.

For instance, Mr. Bramble believes that...

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One aspect of this book that is unique is how each character comes with such distinct perspectives about the events they are experiencing. For instance, in Bath, some characters love the busyness and energy of city life, while others miss their usual rural surroundings.

For instance, Mr. Bramble believes that Bath is a place of disease and chaos. He cannot imagine why anyone would ever believe the place to be good for one's health (though the majority of English culture viewed Bath as a place of healing). He explains,

"I cannot bear the hurry and impertinence of the multitude; besides, every thing is sophisticated in these crowded places. Snares are laid for our lives in every thing we eat or drink: the very air we breathe, is loaded with contagion. We cannot even sleep, without risque of infection. . . . This place is the rendezvous of the diseased" (April 28).

He then goes on to elaborate on his fears about the germs that might be contained in the mattresses.

However, Jerry Melford, Mr. Bumble's nephew, views Bath as a delightful atmosphere of adventure and new acquaintances. He explains,

"I am . . . amazed to find so small a place, so crowded with entertainment and variety. . . . Here we have ministers of state, judges, generals bishops, projectors, philosophers, wits, poets, players, chemists, fiddlers, and buffoons. If he makes any considerable stay in the place, he is sure of meeting with some particular friend, whom he did not expect to see . . . This is what my uncle reprobates, as a monstrous jumble of heterogeneous principles; a vile mob of noise and impertinence . . . but this chaos is to me a source of infinite amusement" (April 30).

Still, even after this occasion, Mr. Bramble continues to expound on the negative aspects of Bath. In fact, his descriptions lead readers to question the reasons for the popularity of Bath. He explains,

"Two days ago, I went into the King's Bath, by the advice of our friend Ch ----, in order to clear the strainer of the skin, for the benefit of free perspiration; and the first object that saluted my eye, was a child full of scrophulus ulcers, carried in the arms of one of the guides, under the very noses of the bathers. I was so shocked at the sight, that I retired immediately with indignation and disgust—Suppose the matter of those ulcers, floating on the water, comes in contact with my skin, when the pores are all open?" (April 28).

Again, Mr. Bramble sees all of the negative attributes of Bath, particularly aspects that could damage his health. He goes on to worry about drinking the water, worrying that it may be

"medicated with the sweat, dirt, and dandruff; and the abominable discharges of various kinds, from twenty different diseased bodies, parboiling in the kettle below." (April 28).

While characters like Jerry Melford enjoy the bustle and newness of their adventures together, Mr. Bramble looks for health concerns everywhere he goes.

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