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Letters Written During a Journey to Switzerland, 1841 (Volume 1-2) (Paperback) Loot Price: R384
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Letters Written During a Journey to Switzerland, 1841 (Volume 1-2) (Paperback): F M L Yates

Letters Written During a Journey to Switzerland, 1841 (Volume 1-2) (Paperback)

F M L Yates

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: LETTER II. Cambrai. We had an uninteresting journey from Calais to Cambrai: the whole of the way the country is flat and monotonous; ihepavt on which carriages are commonly driven is rough in the extreme; the road on either side is too heavy not to be avoided by all postillions; however, we occasionally bribed ours to grant us a short respite from the intolerable jolting inflicted on us, and the alternations we experienced from one extreme to another reminded me of Tony Lumpkin's description of Crackskull Common and Feather-bed Lane?the combined agremens of which are to be found on the roads of France. We, who are accustomed to smooth-going on Macadamized roads, feel doubly the hard usage we get in our passage throughwhat have been called (Oh, what a misnomer.!) " the gay regions of France." At least, those we have lately traversed are anything but gay; there are no hedges and no trees forming the neat and pleasant boundaries of the peasant's home. It is inexplicable to me how they can distinguish their several properties in the soil, unless it is by the different kinds of grain produced; and perhaps self-interest may sharpen the vision, and habit too, which latter enables a sailor to descry terra firma where a landsman could only perceive clouds. I have heard that Mathematics had their origin in difficulties of this description, occasioned by the overflowing of the Nile removing the accustomed landmarks. And truly to my eye, the divisions of land in this country seem as undefined as if the fertilizing mud of the Nile annually paid them a visit. But, doubtless, the owners of property see lines which are not apparent to others; and which, I suppose, are not quite so imaginary as those by the help of which you are taught Geography. At Cambrai, we find but little to afford u...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: F M L Yates
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 148
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-85811-3
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-85811-2
Barcode: 9780217858113

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