Across The Plains 1844 by Robert Louis Stevenson

By Robert Louis Stevenson

I. around the Plains II. The previous Pacific Capital III. Fontainebleau IV. Epilogue to ''An Inland Voyage'' V. Random thoughts VI. Random thoughts persisted VII. The Lantern-bearers VIII. A bankruptcy on desires IX. Beggars X. Letter to a tender Gentleman XI. Pulvis et Umbra XII. A Christmas Sermon

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Where his own purse and credit are not threatened, he will do the honours of his village generously. Any artist is made welcome, through whatever medium he may seek expression; science is respected; even the idler, if he prove, as he so rarely does, a gentleman, will soon begin to find himself at home. And when that essentially modern creature, the English or American girl-student, began to walk calmly into his favourite inns as if into a drawing-room at home, the French painter owned himself defenceless; he submitted or he fled.

THE ARETHUSA. You have no papers? THE COMMISSARY. Not here. THE ARETHUSA. Why? I have left them behind in my valise. THE COMMISSARY. You know, however, that it is forbidden to circulate without papers? THE ARETHUSA. Pardon me: I am convinced of the contrary. I am here on my rights as an English subject by international treaty. THE COMMISSARY (WITH SCORN). THE ARETHUSA. You call yourself an Englishman? THE COMMISSARY. I do. THE ARETHUSA. Humph. - What is your trade? I am a Scotch advocate. THE COMMISSARY (WITH SINGULAR ANNOYANCE).

Childe Roland to the dark tower came. A polite gendarme threw his shadow on the path. " he asked. " said the gendarme. And when the Arethusa, with a slight change of voice, admitted he had none, he was informed (politely enough) that he must appear before the Commissary. The Commissary sat at a table in his bedroom, stripped to the shirt and trousers, but still copiously perspiring; and when he turned upon the prisoner a large meaningless countenance, that was (like Bardolph's) "all whelks and bubuckles," the dullest might have been prepared for grief.

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