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Purcell was fond of the European custom of eating out-of-doors in suitable weather; he considered this symbolic of the freedom from convention and habit that had dictated American life for decades.
"Ten thousand times ten thousand American families dine in the same spot, facing food in the center of the room with their backs to the windows while all the poetry and splendor there is flows by inviting as the still small voice of beauty but with no response. When what we eat and how we eat it become[s] so important that we can't move the ceremony of it near the window or outdoors, something in life has become unreasonable."
- from William Gray Purcell's Own House Notes
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