Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes By Robert Louis Stevenson



































































































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more immediate needs I took a leg of cold mutton, a bottle of Beaujolais,
an empty bottle to carry - Page 7
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For More Immediate Needs I Took A Leg Of Cold Mutton, A Bottle Of Beaujolais, An Empty Bottle To Carry Milk, An Egg-Beater, And A Considerable Quantity Of Black Bread And White, Like Father Adam, For Myself And Donkey, Only In My Scheme Of Things The Destinations Were Reversed.

Monastrians, of all shades of thought in politics, had agreed in threatening me with many ludicrous misadventures, and with sudden death in many surprising forms.

Cold, wolves, robbers, above all the nocturnal practical joker, were daily and eloquently forced on my attention. Yet in these vaticinations, the true, patent danger was left out. Like Christian, it was from my pack I suffered by the way. Before telling my own mishaps, let me in two words relate the lesson of my experience. If the pack is well strapped at the ends, and hung at full length - not doubled, for your life - across the pack-saddle, the traveller is safe. The saddle will certainly not fit, such is the imperfection of our transitory life; it will assuredly topple and tend to overset; but there are stones on every roadside, and a man soon learns the art of correcting any tendency to overbalance with a well-adjusted stone.

On the day of my departure I was up a little after five; by six, we began to load the donkey; and ten minutes after, my hopes were in the dust. The pad would not stay on Modestine's back for half a moment. I returned it to its maker, with whom I had so contumelious a passage that the street outside was crowded from wall to wall with gossips looking on and listening.

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