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Serendipity: to make accidental pleasant discoveries of things not being sought.

The word serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754, in a letter he wrote to his friend, Horace Mann, the English resident in Florence.

"I once read a silly fairy tale, called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses travelled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of: for instance, one of them discovered that a mule blind of the right eye had travelled the same road lately, because the grass was eaten only on the left side, where it was worse than on the right—now do you understand serendipity?

One of the most remarkable instances of this accidental sagacity (for you must observe that no discovery of a thing you are looking for, comes under this description) was of my Lord Shaftsbury, who happening to dine at Lord Chancellor Clarendon's, found out the marriage of the Duke of York and Mrs. Hyde, by the respect with which her mother treated her at table."

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Mulberry House

Built on the site of an old silk mill, Mulberry House is part of a four-storey house in a conservation area. Relaxed, comfortable accommodation within walking distance of Shepton Mallet and close proximity to Bath & West Showground, Glastonbury and Wells.

Mulberry House
Shepton Mallet
Tel: 01749 344598

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