Switzerland; Or, a Journal of a Tour and Residence in That Country in the Years 1817, 1818, and 1819. Followed by an Historical Sketch of the Manners and Customs of Ancient and Modern Helvetia Volume 1

Switzerland; Or, a Journal of a Tour and Residence in That Country in the Years 1817, 1818, and 1819. Followed by an Historical Sketch of the Manners and Customs of Ancient and Modern Helvetia Volume 1

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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. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...to publish any thing but a compte rendu, or grave works of morality, and afraid of being drawn into temptation, he burnt his plays. Geneva, August 10. A night spent at the Hotel des Balances did not furnish materials quite sufficient to give an idea of Geneva. Its first appearance, from the side we entered it is not prepossessing. We left it this morning for Chamouni, and are come to sleep at Bonneville, four leagues of beautiful country, being a rich level vallev with a rough boundary of mountains, and watered by the Arve, a torrent often very mischievous. Bonneville is rather a good-looking little town. August 11.--The country, as far as St. Martin, is more beautiful than even that we saw yesterday, 208 UGLINESS OF THE PEOPLE. and we passed several very fine falls of water, such as the Nant d? Orli, the Nant d'Arpenas; the latter down the perpendicular face of rocks, the strata of which are bent and twisted in a very extraordinary manner. The vehicles which had brought us were left at St. Martin, and we mounted chars-d-banc for the rest of the journey, under the plea of safety, but, in fact to answer the purposes of the people of the place, who hire them out; and if you insisted on proceeding any other way, they would contrive to make it inconvenient to you in the end. The land seems in good cultivation, and the houses not much inferior to those of Switzerland; yet the Jjeople look wretched, dwarfish, sallow, and have arge goitres. It was market-day at one of the places we passed, and such an assemblage of ugliness and squalid poverty I never beheld any where before. Children, however, appeared in good health and lively; it seems as if the principle of ugliness and of poverty fully developed in regard to the parents, at least was not innate in...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236674693
  • 9781236674692