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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1864
Language: English
Wordcount: 87,720 / 259 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.3
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 692
Added to site: 2006.11.17 15277
Genre: Periodical

A Talk About Guides.
The Kalif of Baldacca.
Life on the Sea Islands.
A Fast-Day at Foxden.
Washington Irving.
The Rim.
The Neva.
The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy, in Scotland.
Under the Cliff.
Seven Weeks in the Great Yo-Semite.
House and Home Papers.
How to use Victory.
Reviews and Literary Notices.
Recent American Publications

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>No matter how charming a travelling-party you belong to, the moment they are all mounted and climbing a mountain, single file, you feel yourself a unit in creation. Everybody has turned his back upon you, and you have turned your back upon everybody. You are a solitary traveller. Are you aghast at your own situation on the steep slope of a mule's back, with a precipice above your head and your feet dangling over a gulf below? There is no help for it. Imagine yourself a sack of meal, if you can, and expect as little sympathy as would be accorded to that article. Are you moved to a keen sense of the ridiculous, as a curve in the road discloses the figures of your elongated party, unused to riding, and rendered the more grotesque by their mountain-equipment? A laugh unshared is no laugh at all, so you may as well smother it at once. Does the scenery through which you are passing awaken emotions of sublimity? It would be sacrilege to shout out your sentiments to the occupant of the next mule in such tones as a w



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