Familiar Letters from Europe

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byCornelius Conway Felton

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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.1866 Excerpt: ... LEGENDS OF TELL. 105 came below the cloud, and again enjoyed a series of views like those we had in going up. We returned to Goldau; took another look at its solitude and desolation; entered the little church where the names of the victims are recorded; then drove home under the heavy shadows of the Righi, while the opposite chain was lighted up by the full moon. The next day we set out to cross St. Gothard, the Furca, and the Grimsel. We took the steamer down the lake, to Fluelen. The afternoon was indescribably beautiful, and the wonderful and massive shores stood out from the mirror-clear water, producing the most sublime effect. I do not know that I ever had a more interesting voyage. We watched the rocky walls, and their extraordinary forms, with unflagging attention; and, as there were several Bostonians on board, the conversation often reverted to Agassiz and his lectures. We tried to picture to ourselves the forces which had upheaved these giant masses, and twisted the solid strata into every kind of course; but when one of the party said," Imagination falters,--we want Agassiz,"--all assented. I would have given a great deal to hear a lecture from him, as we swept by those wonderful barriers. We stopped that night at Altorf, and visited all the spots connected with the legends of Tell. Whether the story be true or not, it has sunk into the hearts of the people, and all its incidents are constantly presented to them in pamtings, statues, and poetry. All over this part of Switzerland there are houses, the fronts of which are adorned with pictures of Tell, Winkelried, Fiirst, the death of Gessler, the apple scene, the sworn league at Riitli, and so on; and in the villages one constantly sees the boys shooting at marks with crossbows. All this is very ...

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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.1866 Excerpt: ... LEGENDS OF TELL. 105 came below the cloud, and again enjoyed a series of views like those we had in going up. We returned to Gol...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217210767

ISBN - 13:9780217210768

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