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A Chance Acquaintance
by William Dean Howells
Binding: Paperback, 284 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.65 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 7.9 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 1103149563
ISBN 13: 9781103149568
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: HI. ON THE WAY BACK TO QUEBEC. BY this time the boat was moving down the river, and every one was alive to the scenery. The procession of the pine tlad, rounded heights on either shore began shortly after Ha Ha Bay had disappeared behind a curve, and it hardly ceased, save at one point, before the boat re entered the St. Lawrence. The shores of the stream are almost uninhabited. The hills rise from the water's edge, and if ever a narrow vale divides them, it is but to open drearier solitudes to the eye. In such a valley would stand a saw mill, and huddled about it a few poor huts, while a friendless road, scarce discernible from the boat, wound up from the river through the valley, and led to wildernesses all the forlorner for the devastation of their forests. Now and then an island, rugged as the shores, broke the long reaches of the grim river with its massiverock and dark evergreen, and seemed in the distance to forbid escape from those dreary waters, over which no bird flew., and in which it was incredible any fish swam. Mrs. Ellison, with her foot comfortably and not ungracefully supported on a stool, was in so little pain as to be looking from time to time at one of the guide books which the colonel had lavished upon his party, and which she was disposed to hold to very strict account for any excesses of description. 'It says here that the water of the Saguenay is as black as ink. Do you think it is, Richard ? ' 'It looks so.' ' Well, but if you took some up in your hand ? ' 'Perhaps it wouldn't be as black as the best Maynard and Noyes, but it would be black enough for all practical purposes.' 'Maybe,' suggested Kitty, 'the guidebook means the kind that is light blue at tirst, but ' becomes a deep black on exposure to the air,' as the label gays.' ...


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