John L. Stoddard's Lectures; Supplementary Volume Volume 3

John L. Stoddard's Lectures; Supplementary Volume Volume 3

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...surprising and impressive. Contrasted with the vales A WILDERNESS OF STONE. THE NARROW-GAUGE RAILWAV BETWEEN 11ORI AND RIVA of paradise on either side, the apex of this watershed resembles an abode of demons. In fact, more than five hundred years ago the poet Dante found the scene so grewsome that at the opening of the twelfth canto of his " Inferno" he compared the place to the part of Hell he was describing. For, as he passed a portion of his exile under the protection of his friends, the Scaligers, near Trent and on the border of Lake Garda, he knew this region well, and likened it appropriately to the rough descent into the seventh circle of the nether world. The language which he used in reference to these rocky fragments, "Loosened by earthquake, or for lack of prop," shows that he deemed this devasta-tion due to a landslip; but, as we soon shall see, a part _g of it, at least, was AN ANCIENT CASTLE OF THE SCALIGERS, NEAR LARE UARDA. caused by glacial moraine. The earth has undergone some terrible convulsions here. Some of the mountain strata have been folded back toward one another like the letter S; and not a few of their gigantic layers writhe, rear, and crawl away, like hideous, primeval monsters, wounded unto death. Between these tortured cliffs the carriage road and railway coil and uncoil, like two friendly serpents, through a labyrinth of boulders, now piled in heaps, now scattered broadcast, as if a host of heavenscaling Titans had been here bombarded by the angry gods. Yet, happily, the horror of the place is not without alleviation. A pretty sheet of water, called Lake Loppio, lies in the midst of all this chaos, reflecting faithfully the world of stone, and yet so brilliant in its color, and so artistically...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236607104
  • 9781236607102