Mark Twain – A Tramp Abroad

Everybody was out-of-doors; everybody was in the principal street of the village—not on the sidewalks, but all over the street; everybody was lounging, loafing, chatting, waiting, alert, expectant, interested—for it was train-time. That is to say, it was diligence-time—the half-dozen big diligences would soon be arriving from Geneva, and the village was interested, in many ways, in knowing how many people were coming and what sort of folk they might be. It was altogether the livest-looking street we had seen in any village on the continent.

The hotel was by the side of a booming torrent, whose music was loud and strong; we could not see this torrent, for it was dark, now, but one could locate it without a light. There was a large enclosed yard in front of the hotel, and this was filled with groups of villagers waiting to see the diligences arrive, or to hire themselves to excursionists for the morrow. A telescope stood in the yard, with its huge barrel canted up toward the lustrous evening star. The long porch of the hotel was populous with tourists, who sat in shawls and wraps under the vast overshadowing bulk of Mont Blanc, and gossiped or meditated.

EText-No. 5782
Title: A Tramp Abroad — Volume 01
Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1911
Language: English
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Title: A Tramp Abroad — Volume 02
Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1911
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Title: A Tramp Abroad — Volume 03
Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1911
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Title: A Tramp Abroad — Volume 04
Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1911
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Title: A Tramp Abroad — Volume 05
Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1911
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Title: A Tramp Abroad — Volume 06
Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1911
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Title: A Tramp Abroad — Volume 07
Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1911
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