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The Story of Ida Pfeiffer

and Her Travels in Many Lands

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Author: Anonymous
Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,578 / 99 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.2
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 706
Added to site: 2006.03.23
mnybks.net#: 12964
Origin: gutenberg.org
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proves her to have been possessed of no ordinary powers of endurance. The reader might probably suppose that she was what is commonly known as a strong-minded woman. The epithet would suit her if seriously applied, for she had undoubtedly a clear, strong intellect, a cool judgment, and a resolute purpose; but it would be thoroughly inapplicable in the satirical sense in which it is commonly used. There was nothing masculine about her. On the contrary, she was so reserved and so unassuming that it required an intimate knowledge of her to fathom the depths of her acquirements and experience. "In her whole appearance and manner," we are told, "was a staidness that seemed to indicate the practical housewife, with no thought soaring beyond her domestic concerns."

This quiet, silent woman, travelled nearly 20,000 miles by land and 150,000 miles by sea; visiting regions which no European had previously penetrated, or where the bravest men had found it difficult to make their way; undergoing a variety of seve

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