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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

The Secret Doctrine, Volume I Cosmogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

My Man Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse

Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe

A pedestrian tour of thirteen hundred and forty-seven miles through Wales and England, by Pedestres, and sir Clavileno Woodenpeg, knight of Snowdon

by Pedestres (pseud.)


"I can say, without the smallest intentions towards vanity—without the least wish towards self-praise (which always defeats itself)—and without the most distant feelings of self-satisfaction, that I never in my life recollect having found a day too long, either in sickness or in health.

"There is always enough to be done at home.

1 How various his employment whom the world
Call idle: and, who justly in return
Esteems that busy world an idler too I
Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen;
Delightful industry engaged at home,
And nature in her cultivated trim
Dressed to his taste, inviting him abroad—
Can he want occupation, who hat these V

"This is Cowper—and this is truth.

"Some there are who say, he's going away

'To play the fool, but at a cheaper rate:'

And others, forsooth, declare he has gone to spend:

'Wealth, my lads, was made to wander,
Let it wander where it will.'

"But if a person sets out to travel with the sincere intention of really seeing every thing he sees—of loohing into every thing he sees— of scrutinizing, and of understanding, (for Lord Chesterfield says, that there are men who have travelled all over the continent— ay, the world—who have seen every thing, and yet have seen nothing;) but if a man (not to kill time—the worst of murders) travels to comprehend what he sees, instead of idling, he goes to a useful and instructive school. He studies nature, he studies art: he studies men, he studies manners; he enlarges his mind, and he obtains health for his body: and all these, under the most delightful circumstances imaginable."

"You throw another weight into the already preponderating scale of my inclination. I have thought of this trip for some time, though I have said little about it: but I burn to enter a class in this instructive school of which you speak, and pleasing too; I thought the two words were never coupled, but if so, it will be the first agreeable school I have ever encountered in my life. I must be off forthwith—' I stand on ready haste,' as Shakspeare has it."

"But where do you intend to go?—you have said nothing about that. Which way? North, south, east, or west? for I have heard you speak of several countries at different times, that appeared to be somewhat magnetic to the spirit of your penchant."

"I have often had France and Italy in the corner of my mind's eye—but this is a great undertaking to a pedestrian."

"True. But who, or what, has engendered the preposterous fancy of touring in this way, and of despising the advantage of coaches? That is an Alpine impediment, over which I know not how to soar."

"Exercise is the great key to health: and when I turn that golden key in the lock of such a sacred casket, I find it easily opened to me, that I may take and enjoy the greatest of earthly blessings."

"All this is very rational: but you talked of the amazing distance of a thousand miles."

"Yes; it may be as much, or it may not. But I do not mean to perform it all in one day."

"I didn't suppose you did—mum!"

"To walk through France, Italy, and Sicily; and return by Switzerland and Germany, (my beau ideal,) appears rather formidable for a coup d'essai: besides, Lord Byron was of opinion, that every man ought to see something of his own country, before he should go abroad."

"Lord Byron was right."

"Where then shall I go? This way? that way? t'other way?

"Oh, poo poo nonsense! I have it. I'll go to Wales—ay, will I—to Wales!

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