Glen Haven, the Odyssey & Dracula

Speed the Parting Guest

Now this is interesting. Of course, it’s the Glen Haven steamer at the Glen Haven hotel dock, but check out the banner over the dock, “Speed the Parting Guest.” You’ll immediately recognize this as being picked up from Alexander Pope’s 1726 translation of Homer’s The Odyssey: “True friendship’s laws are by this rule expressed: Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.” It’s not every day that you see an allusion to Pope and Homer on a dock. But wait, there’s more. This photo dates circa 1892 and just five years later Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published and who should quote the very same line but Count Dracula! Homer, Alexander Pope, the proprietors of the Glen Haven and Bram Stoker all on the same page — amazing.

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