This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. "0 MERRY MY HEART, YOU HAVE GOTTEN WINGS OF LOVE." HEN one goes to the trouble of preparing the viands for a picnic, selecting a suitable scene of action, and inviting the guests, it is at least to be expected that one will be repaid in some measure for one's labour by having one's efforts crowned with decent success. Can any human being--above all, a painstaking little woman--be supposed to preserve courage, or even ordinary patience, when, on the very day of the event, the skies blacken, and the rain begins to fall? Such endurance is not within the compass of any mere mortal woman here below. Why, even the fact that the cork-screws have been forgotten is in itself a staggering thing enough. But when a picnic goes through its several stages without hitch or flaw of any kind--coming up, indeed, singularly near to that fond ideal which has glimmered for the previous week or so upon the mind of the mistress of ceremonies--then, truly, there is a harmony in the whole thing, a tidal wave of satisfaction Burging around the cloth from the entertainers to the entertained, and back again, and gently washing away all incoherent particles in its course.. Precisely such was the state of affairs on this happy August day, as the guests gathered in various picturesque (or otherwise) attitudes about the big tablecloth under the shelter of the crags. The spot chosen for dinner was a broad level plateau midway down the cliff-side, and arrived at by a somewhat steep and winding foot-way leading from the heath above. This plateau is covered with thick grass and trefoil, and is shut out from the world by the crags behind, and the sea in front. In the late afternoon the place is gloomy enough, for then the shadow of the crags is cast over the grass as the sun slo...
|Book:||Bonnie Dunraven. a Story of Kilcarrick|
|Author:||Victor O'donovan Power|
|Publisher:||General Books LLC|
|Number of Pages:||46|
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