All the Year Round Volume 21

All the Year Round Volume 21

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: last, after a brief ramble along the quaint, shady, arcaded streets, and a long, quiet lounge in the coolest corner we can find on the pretty terrace with its magnificent view over miles upon miles of distant snowy range, gleaming whitely in the glare of the afternoon sun, we make our way back to the hotel, just in time for table d'hote, we are not overwhelmed with envy by the long list of our comrades' lionising achievements, or even by Checksuit's triumphant recital of his successful efforts at irritating "that lazy old 'umbug of a bear." By half-past ten next morning we are en route again, and in something less than an hour are at Fribourg, where we rush off en masse to see the two suspension bridges, one of them close upon a thousand feet long and two hundred feet in height, and the other making up for being some two or three hundred feet shorter by being rather more than half as high again. Our bold step of yesterday, however, has given us courage, and we explain to our astonished shepherd that we are quite content with the comparatively distant View of these remarkable monuments of engineering daring and skill which can be obtained from where we are, and that, on the whole, we prefer the coolness of the old cathedral and the rolling music of its mighty organ to the heat and glare of out of doors. Our views, it is hardly necessary to say, are not generally shared. Poor Mr. Dorling, indeed, on whose careworn brow yesterday's troubles appear to have already engraved a fresh wrinkle, heaves a sigh of sympathetic envy as he warns us not to miss the Lausanne train at half-past three, and marches bravely off at the head of the remainder of his flock. But when the rest of us have listened more

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  • Paperback | 474 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 839g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236948459
  • 9781236948458