A L'abri, Or, The Tent Pitch'd

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byNathaniel Parker Willis

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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. 1839. Excerpt: ... Navigating the Susquehannah is very much like dancing " the cheat." You are always making straight up to a mountain, with no apparent possibility of escaping contact with it, and it is an even chance up to the last moment which side of it you are to chassez with the current. Meantime the sun seems capering about to all points of the compass, the shadows falling in every pos. sible direction, and north, south, east, and west, changing places with the familiarity of a masquerade. The blindness of the river's course is increased by the innumerable small islands in its bosom, whose tall elms and close-set willows meet half-way those from either shore; and, the current very often dividing above them, it takes an old voyager to choose between the shaded alleys, by either of which you would think Arethusa might have eluded her lover. My own mental occupation, as we glided on, was the distribution of white villas along the shore, on spots where nature seemed to have arranged the ground for their reception. I saw thousands of sites where the lawns were made, the terraces defined and levelled, the groves tastefully clumped, the ancient trees ready with their broad shadows, the approaches to the water laid out, the banks sloped, and in every thing the labor of art seemingly all anticipated by nature. I grew tired of exclaiming, to the friend who was beside me, " What an exquisite site for a villa! What a sweet spot for a cottage!" If I had had the power to people the Susquehannah by the wave of a wand, from those I know capable of appreciating its beauty, what a paradise I could have spread out between my own home and Wyoming! It was pleasant to know, that by changes scarcely less than magical, these lovely banks will soon be amply seen and admired, and probably as ...

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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. 1839. Excerpt: ... Navigating the Susquehannah is very much like dancing " the cheat." You are always making straight up to a mountain, with no a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217155278

ISBN - 13:9780217155274

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