Far Away and Long Ago

Far Away and Long Ago
A History of My Early Life

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Far Away and Long Ago by W. H. Hudson

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Far Away and Long Ago
A History of My Early Life

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Mr. Hudson's unique record of the strange South American scenes, flowers, birds and animals among which he spent his early years and received his bent as a naturalist.

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hat low condition, with the result that I was laid up for six weeks with a very serious illness. Yet when it was over I looked back on those six weeks as a happy time! Never had I thought so little of physical pain. Never had I felt confinement less--I who feel, when I am out of sight of living, growing grass, and out of sound of birds' voices and all rural sounds, that I am not properly alive!

On the second day of my illness, during an interval of comparative ease, I fell into recollections of my childhood, and at once I had that far, that forgotten past with me again as I had never previously had it. It was not like that mental condition, known to most persons, when some sight or sound or, more frequently, the perfume of some flower, associated with our early life, restores the past suddenly and so vividly that it is almost an illusion. That is an intensely emotional condition and vanishes as quickly as it comes. This was different. To return to the simile and metaphor used at the beginning, it was as if

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