Across The Plains 1844 by Robert Louis Stevenson

By Robert Louis Stevenson

I. around the Plains II. The outdated Pacific Capital III. Fontainebleau IV. Epilogue to ''An Inland Voyage'' V. Random thoughts VI. Random stories persevered VII. The Lantern-bearers VIII. A bankruptcy on desires IX. Beggars X. Letter to a tender Gentleman XI. Pulvis et Umbra XII. A Christmas Sermon

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Across The Plains 1844

I. around the Plains II. The previous Pacific Capital III. Fontainebleau IV. Epilogue to ''An Inland Voyage'' V. Random stories VI. Random stories persisted VII. The Lantern-bearers VIII. A bankruptcy on desires IX. Beggars X. Letter to a tender Gentleman XI. Pulvis et Umbra XII. A Christmas Sermon

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The pronunciation was odd and nasal, the singing hurried and staccato. "In saecula saeculoho-horum," they went, with a vigorous aspirate to every additional syllable. I have never seen faces more vividly lit up with joy than the faces of these Indian singers. It was to them not only the worship of God, nor an act by which they recalled and commemorated better days, but was besides an exercise of culture, where all they knew of art and letters was united and expressed. And it made a man's heart sorry for the good fathers of yore who had taught them to dig and to reap, to read and to sing, who had given them European mass-books which they still preserve and study in their cottages, and who had now passed away from all authority and influence in that land - to be succeeded by greedy land-thieves and sacrilegious pistol-shots.

Even as he went down the stairs, he was telling himself that here was a famous occasion for a roundel, and that like the committed linnets of the tuneful cavalier, he too would make his prison musical. I will tell the truth at once: the roundel was never written, or it should be printed in this place, to raise a smile. Two reasons interfered: the first moral, the second physical. It is one of the curiosities of human nature, that although all men are liars, they can none of them bear to be told so of themselves.

1880] CHAPTER III - FONTAINEBLEAU - VILLAGE COMMUNITIES OF PAINTERS I THE charm of Fontainebleau is a thing apart. It is a place that people love even more than they admire. The vigorous forest air, the silence, the majestic avenues of highway, the wilderness of tumbled boulders, the great age and dignity of certain groves these are but ingredients, they are not the secret of the philtre. Page 32 Across The Plains - Robert Louis Stevenson The place is sanative; the air, the light, the perfumes, and the shapes of things concord in happy harmony.

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