The Century Volume 16

The Century Volume 16

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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: ...a group of figures standing against the rock, how the faces glow, and every bit of white is cut out as clear and solid as on a cameo. The light-house stands on one of these bleak promontories (I hesitate to say what an ugly little light-house it is;--it is most unaffectedly built, and I believe it answers the purpose for which it was intended; therefore, should it not be beautiful? but distinctly, it is not). From the light-house point, looking back, we see the little white town brightening the low tones of the landscape; all this glare at a distance has a tremendous depth and strength of color, against which the town shows as a flock of sheep shows on a sunny field. Its terraces and slender poplar spires and spots of dark pine shadow, the broad white beach, and the "composed" effect of the bay and mountains give it a foreign look. You feel as if a curtain rose on it; or, as if you had seen it through the frame of a car window, on some journey through southern Europe. It is January, but the air has an Indian summer mildness, with its underlying chill also. The early rains have brought out a tender faint greenness, like a smile over the patient, brown hills. The path which we follow along the cliffs toward the town is fringed with budding willows, and a pale, downy-leafed lupine with a dark stem. We cross a stile, --an American, not an English stile, --and the path leads on to the high railroad bridge, from which we overlook the beach, the wooden piers wading out through the surf, the bath-houses, and "sea-foam restaurants," the " Plaza" and " Pacific ave." horse-cars, and the unmistakably American crowd which eddies below. As we go down the steps of the bridge, we meet a Chinese washerman shuffling...
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  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31mm | 1,057g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824695
  • 9781236824691