“I have no difficulty in making up my mind when an escape from civilization is possible.” — Isabella Bird
I wonder how this unexpected and hastily planned expedition into the Malay States will turn out? It is so unlikely that the different arrangements will fit in. It seemed an event in the dim future; but yesterday my host sent up a “chit” from his office to say that a Chinese steamer is to sail for Malacca in a day or two, and would I like to go? I was only allowed five minutes for decision, but I have no difficulty in making up my mind when an escape from civilization is possible.
-From “The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither,” by Isabella Bird. Separately: Should we revive the word “thither”?