Solitary walks through many lands, by Derwent Conway

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Page 224 - His fall was destined to a barren strand, A petty fortress, and a dubious hand ; He left the name, at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Page 35 - I laid upon the table, and each specimen was in its turn consigned to the corner ; the last handful was produced, and in it there was one specimen, upon which my hopes were chiefly grounded, and upon which I had made some marks when I displayed my riches to my uncle. He looked more narrowly at this specimen than he had at the others, but ended by throwing it where he had thrown the rest, and saying : " All rubbish, my boy, so get to your business.
Page 29 - I held in my hand had been purchased by the king for 100,000 florins, and as one florin even seemed to me an inexhaustible sum, 100,000 florins might well baffle my utmost powers of conception. At length the merchant and my father, having finished their business, turned their attention to the opal, and discoursed in the most extravagant terms of its extraordinary beauty and value, and of the wonderful good fortune of the finder, — all of which made a deep impression upon me. As we passed from the...
Page 31 - I trust will forgive me), I was liberally supplied with every thing requisite ; a sack was filled with eatables, and I was furnished with tinder, and a knife to cut krumholz, and many other little necessaries and comforts; and with the good wishes of all the family, and injunctions to return in four days, I slung my sack over my shoulder, and marched away, to begin my career as a, jewel-hunter.
Page 44 - I now pulled the chain over my head, and opening the leathern purse, drew forth my opal, and laid it upon the table, opposite to the diamond. " A fine opal, indeed," said the merchant, laying down his pipe and examining it, •' and worth more than the diamond you selected, and precisely the thing for the top of the pyramid. My own, you see, is too large...
Page 45 - My sisters' portions, my mother's provision, my cousin Ronza, and my expected barony, all came to my mind, only to reproach me for my vanity and folly. I was still a jewel-hunter, and had still my fortune to make ; yet, wonderful as it may appear, at this very moment, when my hopes were newly crushed, they began to rise again ; new dreams of riches, and even projects of their appropriation occupied my mind, and almost excluded the recollection of my misfortune; and the very hour that witnessed the...
Page 38 - I might recommence my search ; days of /mrewarded toil, I looked upon only as procrastinations of my good fortune; each rising sun brought new expectation along with it, and if one blow of the hammer did not loose an opal from the rock, I thought a second might. At length, one day, at the expiration of nearly a year from the day I left home, a stone dropt into my hand, that had all the distinguishing marks of a valuable opal. I eagerly proceeded to polish a part, and the varied hues of the opal flashed...
Page 33 - Schmidt, thought I, did not find his opal the first time he went among the mountains; I must not be too hasty in my ambition. The next morning I began to retrace my steps, filling my sack as I went along, and arrived, at the close of the third in place of the fourth day, at my uncle's house. Great congratulations followed the display of my riches.
Page 161 - I had only two grounds of hope—the most languid however that ever was called by that name,—it was possible that some person might see my situation from the shore, before nightfall and bring others to my assistance ; and it was possible, also, that the river might rise no higher, and speedily subside. The first of these chances was one of very improbable occurrence, for this part of the country is but thinly inhabited ;—the high road did not lie along the river side, and the shore, for three...
Page 44 - My own, you see, is too large," added he, opening the lid of an ebony box, and laying upon the table, the very opal Schmidt had sold to the king, the appearance of which I remembered so well.

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