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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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In the evening we had a stiff head-wind and rain,
so that we could not stay on deck, where we generally
spend the whole day, to see the country wc are passing
through. I must say it is a tiresome life håving to sit
still so long, for one cannot stretch one’s legs much on
this little craft; though for my part I walk up and
down the short deck as much as I can. But we are
making good progress and have no right to complain.
At 9 p.m. we anchored in pitch darkness off Sul
tanovski Selo. On the chart it is called Palavinaya,
which means " half " ; no doubt half-way between
two stations.
I can hear the murmur of the forest out there in
the darkness—a familiar sound. It is like the voice
of the forest at home. Here, too, the forest whispers
eternally over the endless plain.
Sunday, September 7. Still on to the south. We
begin to see a few cows and horses grazing along the
bank, and that has an almost home-like look.
The same woods of larch and fir, with a good deal
of yellow foliage among them, mostly birch, but also
aspen, and here and there some deep-red mountain
ash trees—the same flat land, without a single ridge,
however small, to be seen over the bank of the river,
which is here rather lower than it was farther north.
It cannot be much more than 60 feet high on the east
side, and on the west it is still lower. The trees are
not high, nor do they stand very close together, but
they cover all the land.
It is like seeing horizon after horizon of the same
blue, rolling water, when one is at sea. Here we are
såiling on the river, day after day, with the same river
surface, the same flat banks, the same flat, endless
forest country—before and behind us the river and its
banks disappear below the horizon, and as soon as

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