Cordillera and Pampa, Mountain and Plain; Sketches of a Journey in Chili, and the Argentine Provinces, in 1849

Cordillera and Pampa, Mountain and Plain; Sketches of a Journey in Chili, and the Argentine Provinces, in 1849

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...for Bertoldo's honey, not bonny black horse, equal in intensity, and doubtless of a similar character to that. of Rozinante and Dapple, as celebrated by Cervantes. This attachment, though not unobserved on the previous day, and on this morning, had caused me no inconvenience, but, no sooner had we separated from the baggage animals and their drivers, than my mule refused to advance, but being persuaded thereto by my spurs, uttered a lamentable bray, which brought all the neighbourhood to their doors. As we proceeded through the town, much to my annoyance, he again favoured us with other specimens of his vocal powers, and finally, as we crossed the public square where a military band was practising in the barracks, he stopped short, and lifted up his voice in such a manner as to stop the music instanter, and bring bandsmen, soldiers, and all the residents to their doors, when a hearty laugh was indulged in at my expense, " Suoni la tromba." It was not the first time I had seen a traveller's arrival announced by an ass in an allegorical sense, but certainly the first instance which had fallen under my notice, where it was effected by the quadruped or his half-brother in propria persona. As I sat spurring and in the most forcible Spanish and English I could muster, urging the obstinate beast to proceed, I thought of Balaam the son of Beor, with a degree of sympathy which I had not heretofore experienced in behalf of the false prophet of Moab. Truly, thought I, if he spake in the mode and manner of my mule, very excusable wert thou for wishing that there were a sword in thy hand, that thou might'st slay him. Having been laughed at by about one third of the inhabitants, my evil genius consented to proceed to the gate of the house where we...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236487036
  • 9781236487032