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








































































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A Striking Contrast - The White Blue-Eyed Child And Her Dusky Playmate - A Happy Family - Our Visits To Casa Antigua - Gorgeous Dinners - Estanislao And His Love Of Wild Life - The Royds' Return Visit - A Home-Made Carriage - The Gaucho's Primitive Conveyance - The Happy Home Broken Up

CHAPTER XI A BREEDER OF PIEBALDS

La Tapera, a native estancia - Don Gregorio Gandara - His grotesque appearance and strange laugh - Gandara's wife and her habits and pets - My dislike of hairless dogs - Gandara's daughters - A pet ostrich - In the peach orchard - Gandara's herds of piebald brood mares - His masterful temper - His own saddle-horses - Creating a sensation at gaucho gatherings - The younger daughter's lovers - Her marriage at our house - The priest and the wedding breakfast - Demetria forsaken by her husband

CHAPTER XII THE HEAD OF A DECAYED HOUSE

The Estancia Canada Seca - Low lands and floods - Don Anastacio, a gaucho exquisite - A greatly respected man - Poor relations - Don Anastacio a pig-fancier - Narrow escape from a pig - Charm of the low green lands - The flower called _macachina_ - A sweet-tasting bulb - Beauty of the green flower-sprinkled turf - A haunt of the golden plover - The _bolas_ - My plover-hunting experience - Rebuked by a gaucho - A green spot, our playground in summer and lake in winter - The venomous toad - like _Ceratophrys_ - Vocal performance of the toad-like creature - We make war on them - The great lake battle and its results

CHAPTER XIII A PATRIARCH OF THE PAMPAS

The grand old man of the plains - Don Evaristo Penalva, the Patriarch - My first sight of his estancia house - Don Evaristo described - A husband of six wives - How he was esteemed and loved by every one - On leaving home I lose sight of Don Evaristo - I meet him again after seven years - His failing health - His old first wife and her daughter, Cipriana - The tragedy of Cipriana - Don Evaristo dies and I lose sight of the family

CHAPTER XIV THE DOVECOTE

A favourite climbing tree - The desire to fly - Soaring birds-A peregrine falcon - The dovecote and pigeon-pies - The falcon's depredations - A splendid aerial feat - A secret enemy of the dovecote - A short-eared owl in a loft - My father and birds - A strange flower - The owls' nesting-place - Great owl visitations

CHAPTER XV SERPENT AND CHILD

My pleasure in bird life - Mammals at our new home - Snakes and how children are taught to regard them - A colony of snakes in the house - Their hissing confabulations - Finding serpent sloughs - A serpent's saviour - A brief history of our English neighbours, the Blakes

CHAPTER XVI A SERPENT MYSTERY

A new feeling about snakes - Common snakes of the country - A barren weedy patch - Discovery of a large black snake - Watching for its reappearance - Seen going to its den - The desire to see it again - A vain search - Watching a bat - The black serpent reappears at my feet - Emotions and conjectures - Melanism - My baby sister and a strange snake - The mystery solved

CHAPTER XVII A BOY'S ANIMISM

The animistic faculty and

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