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nancy. I told the two friends that, for the future interests of
their children, and to prevent the intrusion of any other settler,
they had better divide between them the property of this wild,
sequestered valley, which is nearly twenty acres in extent. They
confided that task to me, and I marked out two equal portions of
land. One included the higher part of this in- closure, from the
cloudy pinnacle of that rock, whence springs the river of
Fan-Palms, to that precipitous cleft which you see on the summit of
the mountain, and which, from its resemblance in form to the
battlement of a fortress, is called the Embrasure. It is difficult
to find a path along this wild portion of the enclosure, the soil
of which is encumbered with fragments of rock, or worn into
channels formed by torrents; yet it produces noble trees, and
innumerable springs and rivulets. The other portion of land
comprised the plain extending along the banks of the river of
Fan-Palms, to the opening where we are now seated, whence the river
takes its course between those two hills, until it falls into the
sea. You may still trace the vestiges of some meadow land; and this
part of the common is less rugged, but not more valuable than the
other; since in the rainy season it becomes marshy, and in dry
weather is so hard and unyielding, that it will almost resist the
stroke of the pickaxe. When I had thus divided the property, I
persuaded my neighbours to draw lots for their respective
possessions. The higher portion of land, containing the source of
the river of Fan-Palms, became the property of Madame de la Tour;
the lower, comprising the plain on the banks of the river, was
allotted to Margaret; and each seemed satisfied with her share.
They entreated me to place their habitations together, that they
might at a...
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