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Page 297 - A hut is constructed with loose stones, ranged for the most part with some tendency to circularity. It must be placed where the wind cannot act upon it with violence, because it has no cement: and where the water will run easily away, because it has no floor but the naked ground. The wall, which is commonly about six feet high, declines from the perpendicular a little inward. Such rafters as can be procured are then raised for a roof, and covered with heath, which makes a strong and warm thatch,...
Page 275 - Dregful is the fituation of a perfon furprifed in the fields by fuch a florm : his knowledge of the country, and even the mark he may have taken by the trees, cannot avail him ; he is blinded by the fnow, and if he attempts to find his way home, is generally loft.
Page 21 - ... street; by means of which, and of the bridges, you can go to almost any part of the town by land, as well as by water. The number of inhabitants are computed at...
Page 64 - She strikes with such address the chords of self-love, that she gives unexpected vigour and agility to fancy, and electrifies a body that appeared non-electric. ' I have mentioned here the women of England ; and I have done wrong ; I did not intend it when I began the letter. They came into my mind as the only women in the world worthy of being compared with those of France.
Page 25 - It stands upon the side of a very high hill; below lies a vale of incomparable beauty, with the Severn winding through it, the town of Welshpool, terminated with high mountains. The...
Page 320 - The clans retain little now of their original character, their ferocity of temper is softened, their military ardour is extinguished, their dignity of independence is depressed, their contempt of government subdued, and their reverence for their chiefs abated. Of what they had before the late conquest of their country, there remain only their language and their poverty.
Page 30 - ... pafs an age there, and think it a day. If one has .a mind to live long and renew his youth, let him come and fettle at Feftiniog.
Page 17 - ... the unhappy man's wind-pipe. He gaped, and panted, and croaked ; his face flushed, and his eyes seemed ready to start from his head.
Page 311 - Length of life is distributed impartially to very different modes of life in very different climates ; and the mountains have no greater examples of age and health than the...
Page 21 - This renowned bridge is mentioned by Shakspeare in his "Merchant of Venice." It was built in 1570, and consists of a single arch, but a very noble one, of marble, built across the Grand Canal, near the middle, where it is the narrowest: this celebrated arch is ninety feet wide on the level of the canal, and twenty-four feet high.