France of To-day: A Survey, Comparative and Retrospective

Lovell, Coryell, 1890 - 335 pages

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Page 211 - This woman, at no great distance, might have been taken for sixty or seventy, her figure was so bent, and her face so furrowed and hardened by labour; but she said she was only twenty-eight.
Page 57 - I was much struck with a large tract of land, seemingly nothing but huge rocks; yet most of it enclosed and planted with the most industrious attention. Every man has an olive, a mulberry, an almond, or a peach tree, and vines scattered...
Page 313 - An activity has been here, that has swept away all difficulties before it, and has clothed the very rocks with verdure. It would be a disgrace to common sense to ask the cause; the enjoyment of property must have done it. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.
Page 7 - A small proprietor, however, who knows every part of his little territory, who views it with all the affection which property, especially small property, naturally inspires, and who upon that account takes pleasure not only in cultivating but in adorning it, is generally of all improvers the most industrious, the most intelligent, and the most successful.
Page 57 - ... tree, and vines scattered among them; so that the whole ground is covered with the oddest mixture of these plants and bulging rocks, that can be conceived. The inhabitants of this village deserve encouragement for their industry; and if I were a French minister they should have it. They would soon turn all the deserts around them into gardens.
Page 78 - This prospect, which contains a semicircle of a hundred miles diameter, has an oceanic vastness, in which the eye loses itself; an almost boundless scene of cultivation; an animated, but confused mass of infinitely varied parts — melting gradually into the distant obscure from which emerges the amazing frame of the Pyrenees, rearing their silvered heads far above the clouds.
Page 81 - Lourde, where is a castle on a rock, garrisoned for the mere purpose of keeping state prisoners, sent hither by lettres de cachet. Seven or eight are known to be here at present; thirty have been here at a time; and many for life — torn by the relentless hand of jealous tyranny from the bosom of domestic comfort; from wives, children, friends, and hurried for crimes unknown to themselves — more probably for virtues — to languish in this detested abode of misery — and die of despair. Oh, liberty!...
Page 67 - From Gange, to the mountain of rough ground which I crossed, the ! ride has been the most interesting which I have taken in , France ; the efforts of industry the most vigorous ; the animation the most lively. An activity has been here, that ' has swept away all difficulties before it, and has cloathed the very rocks with verdure.
Page 211 - ... to pay to another, besides very heavy tailles and other taxes. She had seven children, and the cow's milk helped to make the soup.
Page 211 - Walking up a long hill, to ease my mare, I was joined by a poor woman who complained of the times and that it was a sad country...

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