Sunny Memories Of Foreign Lands - Volume 2 - By Harriet Beecher Stowe


As we neared the _hospice_ I began to feel the effects of the
rarefied air very sensibly. It made me - Page 280
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As We Neared The _Hospice_ I Began To Feel The Effects Of The Rarefied Air Very Sensibly.

It made me dizzy and sick, bringing on a most acute headache - a sharp, knife-like pain.

S. was still more affected.

I was glad enough when the old building came in view, though the road lay up an ascent of snow almost perpendicular.

At the foot of this ascent we paused. Our guides, who looked a little puzzled, held a few moments' conversation, in which the word "_fonce_" was particularly prominent, a word which I took to be equivalent to our English "_slump;_" and indeed the place was suggestive of the idea. The snow had so far melted and softened under the influence of the July sun, that something of this kind, in going up the ascent, seemed exceedingly probable. The man stood leaning on his alpenstock, looking at the thing to be demonstrated. There were two paths, both equally steep and snowy. At last he gathered up the bridle, and started up the most direct way. The mule did not like it at all, evidently, and expressed his disgust by occasionally stopping short and snuffing, meaning probably to intimate that he considered the whole thing a humbug, and that in his opinion we should all slump through together, and go to - nobody knows where. At last, when we were almost up the ascent, he did slump, and went up to his breast in the snow; whereat the guide pulled me out of the saddle with one hand, and pulled him out of the hole with the other.

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