Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes By Robert Louis Stevenson



































































































 -   God
forbid, thought I, that I should brutalise this innocent creature; let
her go at her own pace, and let - Page 10
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God Forbid, Thought I, That I Should Brutalise This Innocent Creature; Let Her Go At Her Own Pace, And Let Me Patiently Follow.

What that pace was, there is no word mean enough to describe; it was something as much slower than

A walk as a walk is slower than a run; it kept me hanging on each foot for an incredible length of time; in five minutes it exhausted the spirit and set up a fever in all the muscles of the leg. And yet I had to keep close at hand and measure my advance exactly upon hers; for if I dropped a few yards into the rear, or went on a few yards ahead, Modestine came instantly to a halt and began to browse. The thought that this was to last from here to Alais nearly broke my heart. Of all conceivable journeys, this promised to be the most tedious. I tried to tell myself it was a lovely day; I tried to charm my foreboding spirit with tobacco; but I had a vision ever present to me of the long, long roads, up hill and down dale, and a pair of figures ever infinitesimally moving, foot by foot, a yard to the minute, and, like things enchanted in a nightmare, approaching no nearer to the goal.

In the meantime there came up behind us a tall peasant, perhaps forty years of age, of an ironical snuffy countenance, and arrayed in the green tail-coat of the country.

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