Fanciful little tales, in the manner of "The Reveries of a Bachelor." When other visitors have gone, the singing mouse comes out of her hole to share the solitude of an old fisherman, and then he dreams of hunting and fishing adventures in the Rockies and on the prairies, and by the great lakes. He tells wondrous trout stories, prompted by his rod and tackle; and his old game-bag, hunting-coat and rifle suggest other tales, as marvellous in their way. Sometimes, too, the singing mouse discourses of Lake Belle Marie surrounded by black forests, of loggers' camps, of "How the Mountains Ate up the Plains," of the passing of the buffalo, and of the Red Men, and even of other races that had passed away before history began.
ture excited more than half my admiration, and all my love.
Walpurgis on the ceiling, gray coming on in the embers, symptoms of death in the candle, a blotch of tallow on the Shakespeare, and the coat not half done. It must have been about then, I think, that the thin-edged sweetness of the Singing Mouse's voice pierced keenly through the air. I was right glad when the little creature came and sat on my knee, and in its affectionate way began to nibble at my finger-tips. It sat erect, its thin paws waving with a tiny, measured swing, and in its mystic voice, so infinitely small, so sweet and yet so majestically strong, began a song which no pen can transcribe. Knowing that the awakening must come, but unwilling to lose a moment of the dream, I, who with one finger could have crushed the little thing, sat prizing it more and more, as more and more its voice swept, and swelled, and rang; rang, till the fire burst high in noble pyramids of flame; rang, till the candle flashed in a thousand crystals; swell
A magical read: the lyrical descriptions of the landscape evoked by the Singing Mouse resonate with love for the land & its creatures (apart from the hunting story!). This is the sort of book to read in order to transport one from the daily stresses into the timelessness of the natural world. Allow the words to flow over you & leave your cares behind...
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