Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes By Robert Louis Stevenson



































































































 -   All were ready
to help in my preparations; a crowd of sympathisers supported me at the
critical moment of a - Page 3
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All Were Ready To Help In My Preparations; A Crowd Of Sympathisers Supported Me At The Critical Moment Of A Bargain; Not A Step Was Taken But Was Heralded By Glasses Round And Celebrated By A Dinner Or A Breakfast.

It was already hard upon October before I was ready to set forth, and at the high altitudes over which my road lay there was no Indian summer to be looked for.

I was determined, if not to camp out, at least to have the means of camping out in my possession; for there is nothing more harassing to an easy mind than the necessity of reaching shelter by dusk, and the hospitality of a village inn is not always to be reckoned sure by those who trudge on foot. A tent, above all for a solitary traveller, is troublesome to pitch, and troublesome to strike again; and even on the march it forms a conspicuous feature in your baggage. A sleeping-sack, on the other hand, is always ready - you have only to get into it; it serves a double purpose - a bed by night, a portmanteau by day; and it does not advertise your intention of camping out to every curious passer- by. This is a huge point. If a camp is not secret, it is but a troubled resting-place; you become a public character; the convivial rustic visits your bedside after an early supper; and you must sleep with one eye open, and be up before the day.

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