Not merely a strange place, but the home of strangeness,
the land stretching away west to vertiginous
spaces beyond the imagination.
then New York, where Nancy is living.
The Grahls have done well, chemists, merchants, physicians.
Lorenzo and Nancy cross the river, settle
in Jersey, open a grocery store
He writes how he laughed,
"every time my poetical hand weighed out
two ounces of tea, or cut a plug of tobacco
for some cobbler or carter."
Thus amused, he never notices how
people cheat him, take his kindness as weakness
and him for all he is worth—