A Manual of American Literature; Designed for the Use of Schools of Advanced Grades

A Manual of American Literature; Designed for the Use of Schools of Advanced Grades

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... objects that were discovered, as they were passing directly beneath the feet of the travelers, to be sleighs moving in various directions. On the western border 'Of the plain, the mountains, though equally high, were less precipitous, and as they receded, opened into irregular valleys and glens, and were formed into terraces, and hollows that admitted of cultivation. Although the evergreens still held dominion over many of the hills that rose on this side of the valley, yet the undulating outlines of the distant mountains, covered with forests of beech and maple, gave a relief to the eye, and the promise of a kinder soil. Occasionally, spots of white were discoverable amidst the forests of the opposite hills, that announced, by the smoke which curled over the tops of the trees, the habitations of man, and the commencement of agriculture. These spots were sometimes, by the aid of united labor, enlarged into what were called settlements; but more frequently were small and insulated; though -o lapid were the changes, and so persevering the labors of those who had cast their fortunes on the success of the enterprise, that it was not difficult for the imagination of Elizabeth to conceive they were enlarging under her eye, while she was gazing, in mute wonder, at the alterations that a few short years had made in the aspect of the country. The points on the western side of the plain were both larger and more r.umerous than those on its eastern, and one in particular thrust itself forward in such a manner as to form beauti fully curved bays of snow on either side. On its extreme end h mighty oak stretched forward, as if to crershadow, with it branches, a spot which its roots were forbidden to enter. It had released itself from the thraldom, that a...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123653736X
  • 9781236537362