Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes By Robert Louis Stevenson



































































































 -   Indeed, that was as it should be; for she was only an
appurtenance of my mattress, or self-acting bedstead - Page 6
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Indeed, That Was As It Should Be; For She Was Only An Appurtenance Of My Mattress, Or Self-Acting Bedstead On Four Castors.

I had a last interview with Father Adam in a billiard-room at the witching hour of dawn, when I administered the brandy.

He professed himself greatly touched by the separation, and declared he had often bought white bread for the donkey when he had been content with black bread for himself; but this, according to the best authorities, must have been a flight of fancy. He had a name in the village for brutally misusing the ass; yet it is certain that he shed a tear, and the tear made a clean mark down one cheek.

By the advice of a fallacious local saddler, a leather pad was made for me with rings to fasten on my bundle; and I thoughtfully completed my kit and arranged my toilette. By way of armoury and utensils, I took a revolver, a little spirit-lamp and pan, a lantern and some halfpenny candles, a jack-knife and a large leather flask. The main cargo consisted of two entire changes of warm clothing - besides my travelling wear of country velveteen, pilot-coat, and knitted spencer - some books, and my railway-rug, which, being also in the form of a bag, made me a double castle for cold nights. The permanent larder was represented by cakes of chocolate and tins of Bologna sausage. All this, except what I carried about my person, was easily stowed into the sheepskin bag; and by good fortune I threw in my empty knapsack, rather for convenience of carriage than from any thought that I should want it on my journey.

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