Mrs. Merwin’s short work is based on residence in Chile from 1853 to 1856, while first her father and then her husband served as United States consul in Valparaiso. It consists of her personal observations on Chilean daily life, presented in a rather scattered manner, and stressing the influence of climate, the social importance of religion, and the traditional love of ceremony and celebration. While retaining her Yankee outlook, Mrs. Merwin grew to appreciate and learn from (Mean ways. The editor has prefaced the complete text with a brief introduction containing a biographical sketch of the author and commentary upon the characteristics of her writing.