A tour in Switzerland in 1841

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W. & R. Chambers, 1842 - 87 pages

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Page 25 - On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight, Nor motion of swift thought, less could his shield, Such ruin intercept : Ten paces huge He back recoil'd ; the tenth on bended knee His massy spear upstaid ; as if on earth Winds under ground, or waters forcing way, Sidelong had push'da mountain from his seat, Half sunk with all his pines.
Page 22 - From this period a great change has taken place in the country of Neuchatel, where, notwithstanding the barrenness of the soil and the severity of the climate, beautiful and well-built villages are everywhere to be seen, connected by easy communications, together with a very considerable and industrious population, in the enjoyment, if not of great fortunes, at least of a happy and easy independence. " If our watches,
Page 45 - ... and also during the ascent, we experienced none of those occurrences, such as nausea, bleeding at the nose, ringing of the ears, acceleration of the pulse, and so many other inconveniences which those who have ascended Mont Blanc tell us they were subject to. Must we ascribe this to the difference of...
Page 52 - But wages by no means form the whole income of a labourer : he is, as I have stated, almost universally the proprietor, or the son of a proprietor of land, and few householders are there in the whole canton who do not keep a pig, and generally a few sheep. Their cottages are strewed over the hills and dales, and exhibit in the interior every degree of comfort and ease. Their meals are chiefly vegetable, but there is always plenty.
Page 43 - Nothing is more striking than the contrast which day and night produce in the superficial drainage of the glacier. No sooner is the sun set, than the rapid chill of evening reducing the temperature of the air to the freezing point or lower — the nocturnal radiation at the same time violently cooling the surface — the glacier life seems to lie torpid; the sparkling rills shrink and come to nothing ; their gushing murmurs and the roar of their waterfalls gradually subside ; and by the time that...
Page 44 - ... only a little bread and wine, some meteorological instruments, and articles of different kinds ; among others, a ladder, a hatchet to cut steps, and a cord to tie us together. It was ten o'clock when we set foot upon the first plateau of snow ; an hour after mid-day, we hoped to be on the summit, if no accident occurred ; some of us even thought that we should reach it in two hours.
Page 32 - The mists boil up around the glaciers; clouds Rise curling fast beneath me, white and sulphury, Like foam from the roused ocean of deep Hell, Whose every wave breaks on a living shore, Heap'd with the damn'd like pebbles.— I am giddy.
Page 44 - Jaun, and I, had gone a little in advance, while our companions were still engaged in climbing the first ascent, I proposed that we should wait for them, that we might at least get the rope. Jacob thought we could pass it well enough without this precaution. In fact he found a place where the fissure was sufficiently narrow to allow him to stride over it ; after having done so, he stretched out his hand and assisted us to do the same. While three of us were standing on the edge of the northern lip...
Page 45 - Fahrenheit, but they did not feel the cold. — • ' The sky over our heads was perfectly clear, and of so deep a blue that it approached to black ; we endeavoured to discover the stars in it, which are said to be visible during the day at great heights, but we did not succeed. It has been pretended that this deep tint is only the effect of the contrast with the snowy surfaces which surround the observer on all sides ; but if this were the case, the intensity of the hue would be equal in every part...
Page 54 - Symons are in raptures with the cottage system of the Swiss artisans ; I own it is most attractive, and, as I have said, is doubtless productive of much happiness. But who prevents English artisans from having equally good houses with the Swiss ? With a money wage of some seven or eight shillings a- week, it is said the Swiss operative realises, by means of his free cottage, bit of ground, and garden, equal to thirty shillings in England.

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