By Robert Louis Stevenson
The distinguished Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson prepared for his pal the paintings historian Sidney Colvin to choose and organise the essays during this quantity, a lot of which had initially seemed in 1888, although a few date again to the early Eighties. It used to be released in 1892, years earlier than Stevenson's premature dying. Colvin got some of the items from their unique publishers, together with magazines corresponding to Fraser's, Longman's, The journal of artwork and Scribner's. what's relatively noteworthy approximately this assortment is that even supposing Stevenson had settled within the South Seas good earlier than it seemed, all of the goods incorporated have been written sooner than his trip there. Colvin mentions that the concluding items specifically have been written in the course of a interval of substantial gloom and disorder for Stevenson, who himself claimed to 'recover peace of physique and brain' after relocating to the Pacific in 1890.
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In this attitude my leg debarred the newsboy from his box of merchandise. I made haste to let him pass when I observed that he was coming ; but I was busy with a book, and so once or twice he came upon me unawares. On these occasions he most rudely struck my foot aside ; and though I myself apologised, as if to show him the way, he answered me never a word. I chafed furiously, and I fear the next time it would have come to words. But suddenly I felt a touch upon my shoulder, and a large juicy pear was put into my hand.
Hence the company, or rather, as 28 Across the Plains it appears from certain bills about the Transfer Station, the company's servants, have conceived a plan for the better accommodation of travellers. They prevail on every two to chum together. To each of the chums they sell a board and three square cushions stuffed with straw, and covered with thin cotton. The benches can be made to face each other in pairs, for the backs are reversible. On the approach of night the boards are laid from bench to bench, making a couch wide enough for two, and long enough for a man of the middle height; and the chums lie down side by side upon the cushions with the head to the conductor's van and the feet to the engine.
They had nothing, it would seem, to overtake; nothing by which to reckon their advance ; no sight for repose or for encouragement; but stage after stage, only the dead green waste under foot, and the mocking, fugitive horizon. But the eye, as I have been told, found differences even here ; and at the worst the emigrant came, by perseverance, to the end of his toil. It is the settlers, after all, at whom we have a right to marvel. Our consciousness, by which we live, is itself but the creature of variety.
Across the Plains: With other Memories and Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson