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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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NORWAY, AND DENMARK. 97
but themselves ; and, right or wrong, they support one
another in the face of justice.
On this journey I was fortunate enough to have one
companion with more enlarged views than the gene-
rality of his countrymen, who spoke English tolerably.
I was informed that we might still advance a mile
and a quarter in our cabrioles ;
afterwards there was
no choice, but of a single horse and wretched path, or
a boat, the usual mode of travelling.
We therefore sent our baggage forward in the boat,
and followed rather slowly, for the road was rocky and
sandy. We passed, however, through several beech
groves, which still delighted me by the freshness of
their light green foliage, and the elegance of their
assemblage, forming retreats to veil without obscuring
the sun.
I was surprised, at approaching the water, to find
a little cluster of houses pleasantly situated, and an
excellent inn. I could have wished to have remained
there all night; but as the wind was fair, and the
evening fine, I was afraid to trust to the wind the
uncertain wind of to-morrow. We therefore left
Helgeraac immediately with the declining sun.
Though we were in the open sea, we sailed more
amongst the rocks and islands than in my passage
from Stromstad; and they often formed very pictu-
resque combinations. Few of the high ridges were
entirely bare ;
the seeds of some pines or firs had been
wafted by the winds or waves, and they stood to brave
the elements.
Sitting, then, in a little boat on the oeean ; amidst
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