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Freaks on the Fells

or, Three Months' Rustication. And Why I Did not Become a Sailor.

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Language: English
Wordcount: 73,488 / 213 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 844
Added to site: 2007.11.16 19041

A humorous nineteenth-century account of a Londoners vacation in Scotland.

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was towards the close of a doubtful summer's evening, several weeks after the conversation just detailed, that a heavy stage-coach, of an old-fashioned description, toiled slowly up the ascent of one of those wild passes, by which access is gained into the highlands of Perthshire.

The course of the vehicle had for some time lain along the banks of a turbulent river, whose waters, when not brawling over a rocky bed in impetuous velocity, or raging down a narrow gorge in misty spray, were curling calmly in deep pools or caldrons, the dark surfaces of which were speckled with foam, and occasionally broken by the leap of a yellow trout or a silver salmon.

To an angler the stream would have been captivating in the extreme, but his ardour would have been somewhat damped by the sight of the dense copsewood which overhung the water, and, while it added to the wild beauty of the scenery, suggested the idea of fishing under difficulties.

When the coach reached the narrowest part of the pass, the d



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