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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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bushes as they grow over the trees, and cypresses,
which present dark green pyramids, altars, perfect
temples with columns, arches, porticoes, shadowy
aisles, and, on all hands, the most beautiful,
the most ornamental festoons flung along and
over the clear river. From amid the masses of
foliage towers upward the fan-palm, with its
beautiful crown, free and fantastic; the magnolia stands
full of snow-white flowers, and, pre-eminent amid
that republic of plants, flowers, and multitudes
of trees, stand the lofty cypresses like protecting,
shadowy patriarchs, stretching out horizontally
their light green heads, with long, waving
mosses hanging down from their strong
branches.

Here is the life of Nature in its luxuriance, but
it is the realm and reign of the old pagan god of
Nature, old Pan, which embraces both the good
and the evil, life and death, with the same love,
and which recognizes no law and no ordination
but that of production and decay. Beneath these
verdant, leafy arches which overshadow the water
lies the peaceful tortoise, and the cruel alligator
also, waiting for its prey. Elks inhabit these
natural temples; also panthers, tigers, and black
bears. Around these columns of leaves and flowers
wind the rattlesnake and the poisonous moccasin,
and that beautiful, romantic forest is full

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