The Public House

A speech by one of a pair of Romany brothers, as written in “The Gorse and the Briar”

“I hope the public-house or the inn will never cease to be a place in which the solitary traveller my find a fire and someone with whom to talk, but its real significance is lost; it is no longer the institution by which all those who set out on a journey depend, the institution which for centuries has mixed all classes together under one roof. The innkeeper has ceased to depend on the traveller, just as the traveller has ceased to depend on the inn.”

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