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On the 14th of February the windows fill with pictures for the most part odious, and meant for some nondescript class of males and females, their allusions having reference to Saint Valentine's Day, the legendary pairing time of the birds. The festival is a sad mockery, for there are no spring birds here to pair, but it reminds us that there is a good time coming.

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Source Notes: "The Seasons," Pages from an Old Volume of Life: A Collection of Essays,1857-1881 (1891).

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