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He had started to smoke and drink; he had become brutal, impertinent and rude; he had been depraved by the hardship and physical suffering. [ . . 35 British travelers were influenced by pre- or early Victorian ideals of decency and respectability, and through the lens of these ideals, the vulgarisms of the American “cousins” often seemed shockingly conspicuous. Unsurprisingly, they paid much more attention than continental visitors to the variety of English spoken in the United States and unfailingly perceived it as an inferior version of their own language.
Shortly afterwards, the fire alarm goes off, and Moorfeld is given a chance to experience this peculiar amusement firsthand. ”62 Spectators flock to the scene of the fire from all parts of the city, and everyone is visibly relieved to have escaped the straitjacket holiday regulations. However, the real fun consists not so much in watching the fire-fighting itself, but rather in the clash between the city’s different fire brigades and their colorful captains. At first, this bizarre battle is fought with fire hoses, but as it escalates revolvers are drawn, and a violent gunfight erupts, which leaves several wounded both among the firemen themselves and the spectators.
During the Restoration, and particularly in the years before and after the failed revolutions of 1848–49, numerous German liberals gave up the fight against absolutism and emigrated to the United States. However, many key figures chose to remain in Germany, and regarded democratic institutions in America with the utmost skepticism and contempt. The fanatically anti-American Ferdinand Kürnberger, for example, was also an impassioned liberal. After participating in the revolutionary uprisings in Vienna, he was exiled from Austria in 1848, and the following year he took part in the May Revolution in Dresden, which landed him a nine-month prison sentence.