Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Author: Elizabeth von Arnim (Mary Annette Beauchamp)
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,367 / 137 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 815
Added to site: 2005.07.30
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e with many gables where I pass my reluctant nights. The house is very old, and has been added to at various times. It was a convent before the Thirty Years' War, and the vaulted chapel, with its brick floor worn by pious peasant knees, is now used as a hall. Gustavus Adolphus and his Swedes passed through more than once, as is duly recorded in archives still preserved, for we are on what was then the high-road between Sweden and Brandenburg the unfortunate. The Lion of the North was no doubt an estimable person and acted wholly up to his convictions, but he must have sadly upset the peaceful nuns, who were not without convictions of their own, sending them out on to the wide, empty plain to piteously seek some life to replace the life of silence here.

From nearly all the windows of the house I can look out across the plain, with no obstacle in the shape of a hill, right away to a blue line of distant forest, and on the west side uninterruptedly to the setting sun--nothing but a green, rolling plain, w

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2010.04.05
wellred2
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I like Enchanted April better, but this one is still delightful and funny. Great to read in spring as she talks about her garden, but the winter section with no gardening and her friend to visit is the best part.


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