A Breeze From the Woods

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byWilliam Chauncey Bartlett

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... found better pictures than were ever fished out of that old lumber-room." "And the sign-painter?" " Did you ever know a man who had a Murillo, or even thought he had one, who was in a hurry to leave this world? " SHADOWS OF ST. HELENA. SHADOWS OF ST. HELENA. Whether in the Russian River Valley, Napa, or the smaller valleys of the Clear Lake country, St. Helena is in such friendly proximity that all sense of isolation is destroyed. Looking toward the south from its shoulder, there was an endless succession of stubble-fields and vineyards; the faint clatter of threshing, machines could be heard; sacks of wheat stood bolt upright in the fields, like millers in convention. A train of cars, diminished by the long perspective, was creeping with serpentine undulations up the valley, and trailing a thin vapor against the sky. Farther south was the bay; white sails of little schooners, outlined by the glass, appeared to split the salt meadows open, as they crept toward the little town of Napa. St. Helena was grandly lifted up, on that autumnal morning, and all the little mountains seemed to be rendering homage to the king. There is no country under the sun where a vineyard is more picturesque than here. If there were an interminable perpective of green, clothing and coloring all the hill-sides, there would be no fitting border for the picture. But when there is not a fresh blade of grass by the way-side, and the tawny hills touch the yellow stubble-fields, we have a broad, golden frame for some picture which ought to be worthy of it. And what more so, than a sixty-acre vineyard, set within this mitred framework of mountains? The border is a very generous one, certainly; five or six miles of slope on either side, and this square of emerald in the centre....

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... found better pictures than were ever fished out of that old lumber-room." "And the sign-painter?" " Did you ever know ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217423698

ISBN - 13:9780217423694

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