Far Away And Long Ago A History Of My Early Life By W. H. Hudson








































































 - FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO

A HISTORY OF MY EARLY LIFE

BY W. H. HUDSON

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FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO

A HISTORY OF MY EARLY LIFE

BY W. H. HUDSON

Author of "Idle Days In Patagonia," "The Purple Land," "A Crystal Age," "Adventures Among Birds," Etc.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I EARLIEST MEMORIES

Preamble - The house where I was born - The singular ombu tree - A tree without a name - The plain - The ghost of a murdered slave - Our playmate, the old sheep-dog - A first riding-lesson - The cattle: an evening scene - My mother - Captain Scott - The hermit and his awful penance

CHAPTER II MY NEW HOME

We quit our old home - A winter day journey - Aspect of the country - Our new home - A prisoner in the barn - The plantation - A paradise of rats - An evening scene - The people of the house - A beggar on horseback - Mr. Trigg our schoolmaster - His double nature - Impersonates an old woman - Reading Dickens - Mr. Trigg degenerates - Once more a homeless wanderer on the great plain

CHAPTER III DEATH OF AN OLD DOG

The old dog Caesar - His powerful personality - Last days and end - The old dog's burial - The fact of death is brought home to me - A child's mental anguish - My mother comforts me - Limitations of the child's mind - Fear of death - Witnessing the slaughter of cattle - A man in the moat - Margarita, the nursery-maid - Her beauty and lovableness - Her death - I refuse to see her dead

CHAPTER IV THE PLANTATION

Living with trees - Winter violets - The house is made habitable - Red willow - Scizzor-tail and carrion-hawk - Lombardy poplars - Black acacia - Other trees - The fosse or moat - Rats - A trial of strength with an armadillo - Opossums living with a snake - Alfalfa field and butterflies - Cane brake - Weeds and fennel - Peach trees in blossom - Paroquets - Singing of a field finch - Concert-singing in birds - Old John - Cow-birds' singing - Arrival of summer migrants

CHAPTER V ASPECTS OF THE PLAIN

Appearance of a green level land - Cardoon and giant thistles - Villages of the _vizcacha_, a large burrowing rodent - Groves and plantations seen like islands on the wide level plains - Trees planted by the early colonists - Decline of the colonists from an agricultural to a pastoral people - Houses as part of the landscape - Flesh diet of the gauchos - Summer change in the aspect of the plain - The water-like mirage - The giant thistle and a "thistle year" - Fear of fires - An incident at a fire - The _pampero_, or south-west wind, and the fall of the thistles - Thistle-down and thistle-seed as food for animals - A great pampero storm - Big hailstones - Damage caused by hail - Zango, an old horse, killed - Zango and his master

CHAPTER VI SOME BIRD ADVENTURES

Visit to a river on the pampas - A first long walk - Water-fowl - My first sight of flamingoes - A great dove visitation - Strange tameness of the birds - Vain attempts at putting salt on their tails - An ethical question:

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