By Robert Louis Stevenson
I. around the Plains II. The previous Pacific Capital III. Fontainebleau IV. Epilogue to ''An Inland Voyage'' V. Random stories VI. Random stories persisted VII. The Lantern-bearers VIII. A bankruptcy on desires IX. Beggars X. Letter to a tender Gentleman XI. Pulvis et Umbra XII. A Christmas Sermon
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Now this villainous habit of living upon "tick" has grown into Californian nature. I do not mean that the American and European storekeepers of Monterey are as lax as Mexicans; I mean that American farmers in many parts of the State expect unlimited credit, and profit by it in the meanwhile, without a thought for consequences. Jew storekeepers have already learned the advantage to be gained from this; they lead on the farmer into irretrievable indebtedness, and keep him ever after as their bond-slave hopelessly grinding in the mill.
On certain little difficulties encountered by the Arethusa at Chatillon-sur-Loing, I have not space to dwell; another Chatillon, of grislier memory, looms too near at hand. But the next day, in a certain hamlet called La Jussiere, he stopped to drink a glass of syrup in a very poor, bare drinking shop. The hostess, a comely woman, suckling a child, examined the traveller with kindly and pitying eyes. " she asked. The Arethusa told her he was English. " she said, surprised. "We have no English. We have many Italians, however, and they do very well; they do not complain of the people of hereabouts.
THE COMMISSARY. I believe I could PAS DE PLAISANTERIE, MONSIEUR! THE ARETHUSA. Well, sir, oblige me at least by looking at this book. Here, I open it with my eyes shut. Read one of these songs - read this one - and tell me, you who are a man of intelligence, if it would be possible to sing it at a fair? THE COMMISSARY (CRITICALLY). MAIS OUI. TRES BIEN. THE ARETHUSA. COMMENT, MONSIEUR! What! But do you not observe it is antique. It is difficult to understand, even for you and me; but for the audience at a fair, it would be meaningless.
Across The Plains 1844 by Robert Louis Stevenson