Swiss Notes

Swiss Notes

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...who had represented himself as something desirable in that capacity, Jean Pierre Gaspoz by name. He was most anxious for the work; and on the recommendation of Frau Brunner, our most reliable hostess, we engaged him as second. ' Still the tailor did not make his appearance, and we were advised on no account to attempt the expedition without him, 68 GOSSIP. as he was the best guide in the place. It was while waiting for his coming, that we had our merry talk, as we sat round the open wood fire in the dining room. Presently the door opened, and the Frau Mutter, who was at that moment on her way to the hall, without waiting for the new comer to speak, inquired of him if he were the guide. "No, Madame, I am not a guide," answered the smart, well dressed Frenchman or Swiss, who entered. We were dismayed at the instant; but the look and tone of wounded dignity assumed by the injured man, were quite irresistible, and the whole scene so ludicrous, that in spite of good manners and common courtesy, our merriment would not be kept within bounds. As soon as we were able to recover our equanimity, we tendered our humble apology, which was not graciously received, and the unhappy man looked askance at us the rest of the evening. A little later, Vuigner appeared, a strong, thickset man, who was duly engaged to accompany us. The next evening we walked on to Ferpecle, a tiny village at the foot of the glacier at the extreme end of the Val d'Erin. We slept here at a little inn, then in course of construction; some of the down-stairs rooms were completed, but the roof was not on! Our hostess made us moderately comfortable, was very voluble, and amused us much by some of her communications. Amongst other things, she told us she had not...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236832647
  • 9781236832641