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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...devastated Introbbio,
Pasturo, Barsio they've been seen at Balab-Irio they'll be here
to-morrow --such were the reports that passed from mouth to mouth;
some hurrying to and fro, others standing in little parties;
together with tumultuous consultations, hesitation whether to fly
or remain, the women assembling in groups, and all utterly at a
loss what to do. Don Abbondio, who had resolved before any one
else, and more than any one else, to fly, by any possible mode of
flight, and to any conceivable place of retreat, discovered
insuperable obstacles and fearful dangers. " What shall I do "
exclaimed he: " Where shall I go?" The mountains, letting alone the
difficulty of getting there, were not secure: it was well known
that the German foot soldiers climbed them like cats, where they
had the least indication or hope of finding booty. The lake was
wide; there was a very high wind: besides, the greater part of the
boatmen, fearing they might be compelled to convey soldiers or
baggage, had retreated with their boats to the opposite side: the
few that had remained, were gone off overladen with people, and,
distressed by their own weight and the violence of the storm, were
considered in greater peril every moment. It was impossible to find
a vehicle, horse, or conveyance of any kind, to carry him away from
the road the army had to traverse; and on foot Don Abbondio could
not manage any great distance, and feared being overtaken by the
way. The confines of the Bergamascan territory were not so very far
off, but that his limbs could have borne him thither at a stretch;
but a report had been already spread, that a squadron of cappelktti
had been despatched from Bergamo in haste, who were occupying the
borders to keep the German troops in order;...
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