From an island outpost

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byMary Ella Waller

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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.1914 Excerpt: ... This was satisfying as a bit of pure sentiment, but I soon found that it was a sentimental fallacy. The word about town, "No boat for Nantucket to-day", quenches both hope and sentiment in regard to a dependable daily mail. I have seen the time when if we were so fortunate as to receive it once in seven days, I was devoutly thankful. In justice I must add that this state of things has obtained but once during my four years of residence. But what added zest it gives to read the letters that have been delayed in transmission, if only for one day! What a goodly pile I am apt to find in the mail basket, followed next morning by the second delivery--books, newspapers, magazines, and delightful remembrances from various quarters of the globe. Why, only the other day, all Norway came over in the Sankaty, the boat at present in service. Ever since I knew that country to be a geographical fact, I have dreamed of it; hoped to visit it; delighted myself with imaginative pictures of it--the winters in particular: its snow-covered mountains, crystal fjords, pine forests ice and snow laden, the strange light of its partially sunless days, the long twilights, the ethereal dawns. By way of contrast, I like to imagine the midnight sun shining on the peaks of the northern islands, the high light on mountain pastures, the deep shadows in the valleys, and behold!--here they are in the mail, having crossed the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and Nantucket Sound to reach me from Christiania. There are fifty-four impressions from large photographs: among them the midnight sun on the Lyngen fjord, the Lofoten islands, the august Saldul Gate, Gausta, the Isterdel Peaks, Romsdalshorn--yes, and Gjende, the mountain tarn in Jotunheim, and the ridge of the same name along which Peer Gyn...

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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.1914 Excerpt: ... This was satisfying as a bit of pure sentiment, but I soon found that it was a sentimental fallacy. The word about town, "No boa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217839703

ISBN - 13:9780217839709

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