Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes By Robert Louis Stevenson



































































































 -   But out of the window the dawn was
growing ruddy in a long belt over the hill-tops, and day - Page 70
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But Out Of The Window The Dawn Was Growing Ruddy In A Long Belt Over The Hill-Tops, And Day Was About To Flood The Plateau.

The hour was inspiriting; and there seemed a promise of calm weather, which was perfectly fulfilled.

I was soon under way with Modestine. The road lay for a while over the plateau, and then descended through a precipitous village into the valley of the Chassezac. This stream ran among green meadows, well hidden from the world by its steep banks; the broom was in flower, and here and there was a hamlet sending up its smoke.

At last the path crossed the Chassezac upon a bridge, and, forsaking this deep hollow, set itself to cross the mountain of La Goulet. It wound up through Lestampes by upland fields and woods of beech and birch, and with every corner brought me into an acquaintance with some new interest. Even in the gully of the Chassezac my ear had been struck by a noise like that of a great bass bell ringing at the distance of many miles; but this, as I continued to mount and draw nearer to it, seemed to change in character, and I found at length that it came from some one leading flocks afield to the note of a rural horn. The narrow street of Lestampes stood full of sheep, from wall to wall - black sheep and white, bleating with one accord like the birds in spring, and each one accompanying himself upon the sheep-bell round his neck.

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