A Little Tour In France, By Henry James



























































































 -   I followed this
walk for some time, under the stunted trees, beside
the grass-covered bastions; it is very charming - Page 119
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I Followed This Walk For Some Time, Under The Stunted Trees, Beside The Grass-Covered Bastions; It Is Very Charming, Wind- Ing And Wandering, Always With Trees.

Beneath the rampart is a tidal river, and on the other side, for a long distance, the mossy walls of the immense garden of a seminary.

Three hundred years ago, La Rochelle was the great French stronghold of Protestantism; but to-day it appears to be a'nursery of Papists.

The walk upon the rampart led me round to one of the gatesi of the town, where I found some small modern, fortifications and sundry red-legged soldiers, and, beyond the fortifications, another shady walk, - a _mail_, as the French say, as well as a _champ de manoeuvre_, - on which latter expanse the poor little red-legs were doing their exercise. It was all very quiet and very picturesque, rather in miniature; and at once very tidy and a little out of repair. This, however, was but a meagre back-view of La Rochelle, or poor side-view at best. There are other gates than the small fortified aperture just mentioned; one of them, an old gray arch beneath a fine clock-tower, I had passed through on my way from the station. This picturesque Tour de l'Horloge separates the town proper from the port; for beyond the old gray arch, the place presents its bright, expressive little face to the sea. I had a charming walk about the harbor, and along the stone piers and sea-walls that shut it in.

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