Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

Published: 1879
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.8
LoC Category: G
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Genre: Travel
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r market-place. To prove her good temper, one child after another was set upon her back to ride, and one after another went head over heels into the air; until a want of confidence began to reign in youthful bosoms, and the experiment was discontinued from a dearth of subjects. I was already backed by a deputation of my friends; but as if this were not enough, all the buyers and sellers came round and helped me in the bargain; and the ass and I and Father Adam were the centre of a hubbub for near half an hour. At length she passed into my service for the consideration of sixty- five francs and a glass of brandy. The sack had already cost eighty francs and two glasses of beer; so that Modestine, as I instantly baptized her, was upon all accounts the cheaper article. Indeed, that was as it should be; for she was only an appurtenance of my mattress, or self-acting bedstead on four castors.

I had a last interview with Father Adam in a billiard-room at the witching hour of dawn, when I adminis

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2006.06.13
Stephen Balbach
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Classic travel literature, first documented use of a sleeping bag. A fully annotated version is available on Wikisource (Wikipedia). This book has inspired a whole travel industry in south-central France where people go to re-enact his hike on the now-named "Stevenson Trail".


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