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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 7: Cambridge in later life (search)
e green intervales of Crooked Mountain Pine Place and its outlying mountains, all wooded to the top. These high felicities were seldom much impeded by the care of Dorcas, our landlady's old horse; if her reins were tightened she would tear recklessly down the steepest path, but if the reins were left on her back she would pick herin point of roughness like donkey-tracks and quite unlike those smooth avenues that surprise the American traveller in Switzerland and in the Scotch mountains. Dorcas was clearly deficient, as her mistress honestly admitted, in gimp. The confession at first bewildered us, since we had never heard of a horse which adorned herse French companions. Nothing adds so much to one's happiness in the country as to be collecting something. Our two objects of interest, in our wanderings with Dorcas, were ferns and old chairs. In the woods we watched for new ferns, although we rarely found them; and for ten weeks we looked for furniture on the piazzas and th