Elizabeth: Or, The Exiles of Siberia. A Tale, Founded Upon Facts. From the French of Madame Cottin

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John Sharpe, 1822 - Courage - 178 pages
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Page 44 - Often, during this season, when the sky appears serene, dreadful hurricanes arise instantaneously, and obscure the atmosphere. They are impelled from the opposite sides of the horizon; and, when they meet, the strongest trees in vain oppose their violence. In vain the pliant birch bends to the ground: its flexible branches with their trembling leaves are broken and dispersed. The snow, rolls from the tops of the mountains, carrying with it enormous masses of...
Page 117 - depend solely upon her own efforts for procuring him relief. After fastening some pieces of the old tapestry, which lined the sides of the apartment, across the windows, she went out into the fields, in search of certain wild herbs, the virtues of which she had been taught by her mother: and of which she made a salutary beverage for the suffering missionary. As night approached, the symptoms of his maELIZABETH.
Page 114 - Elizabeth and her guide, often witnesses of these flaming spectacles, were obliged to cross woods burning on each side of them; sometimes they saw trees consumed at the roots, while their tops, which the fire had not reached, were supported only by the bark, or, half thrown down, formed an arch across the road; others falling with a tremendous crash one upon another, made a pyramid of flames like the piles of the ancients, on which pagan piety consumed the ashes of its heroes. Amidst these dangers,...
Page 50 - my strength is greater than you imagine ; and I rejoice in an opportunity which enables me to show you how much it is capable of performing, when the consolation of my mother calls forth its exertion.
Page 135 - Now all began to fail ; her feet were almost bare, and her ragged dress ill defended her from a frigidity of atmosphere which had already sunk the thermometer thirty degrees below the freezing point, and which increased daily. The ground was covered with snow more than two feet deep. Sometimes it congealed...
Page 28 - ... shaped arm. The simplicity of her dress seemed to enhance the mild dignity of her manners, and all her gestures were accompanied with a grace, which did not escape the observation of Smoloff, who, as he watched her, experienced an emotion to which he had before been a stranger. Elizabeth beheld him with equal delight, but it was a delight, pure as her mind; founded on the gratitude she owed him, and on the, hope of his assistance, which she had so long indulged.
Page 145 - God was the witness of her sufferings, and that the happiness of her parents was the end she had in view. Neither was she exalted ; for she was too guileless to imagine that she did more than duty prescribed in devoting herself for their sake, and was too affectionate not to feel a secret satisfaction in suffering for them. While immersed in thoughts like these, the bells of the village struck out ; and from every side was resounded the name of Alexander, accompanied by loud acclamations of joy....
Page 92 - I was condemned unheard, and was banished for life to the deserts of Siberia. My faithful companion would not abandon me : and, in accompanying me, she seemed to follow the dictates of her heart rather than those of her duty. Yes, had I been condemned to linger out my existence in the frightful darkness of the terrific Beresow, or amidst the undisturbed solitudes of the lake Baikal, or of Kamtschatka,* she would have not forsaken me.
Page 144 - Elizabeth endeavoured to decline the gifts : for it was of articles necessary to their own comfort that her generous benefactresses deprived themselves ; but, pointing to the walls of their convent, they said, " We have a shelter while you have none; part of the little we possess belongs to you, for you are poorer still than we." At length Elizabeth set forward on the last stage to Moscow. She was astonished at the extraordinary bustle she now witnessed ; at the immense concourse of carriages, carts,...
Page 44 - ... to the earth, strews the ground with the ruins of every production of nature. One morning, in the month of January, Elizabeth was overtaken by one of these terrible storms. She was in the plain, near the little chapel ; and, as soon as the sudden darkness of the sky announced the approaching tempest, she sought shelter under its venerable roof. The furious wind soon attacked this feeble edifice, and, shaking it to its foundation, threatened every instant to level it with the ground. Elizabeth,...

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