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Ascent (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from Ascent Late in a summer afternoon, and above all an afternoon when the light is not bright but pale and grey with the first twilight, to turn from the wide highway stretching from Wickford to the south into the still deep side road which leads to the highest of the Wickford hills, is to lose one's self in increasing loneliness in the increasing dusk. The villages scatter into isolated houses, the dusty frame barns grow fewer, and the hum of the perpetually passing motors drops away. After a mile or two the ground begins to rise with the eastern slope of the valley. The stretch of country is so far towards the footlands of the Alleghenies that, as the road lifts, the fields below can be seen narrowing and sharpening into ridges, like the surface of a mounting sea. The waves of grain and the roughened waters of corn flow into longer and sparser lines until they thin into the greyer tint of the stony hillsides. The green amongst the rocks gradually pales and fades; and the byway itself becomes at last a path and finally only a broken track, which rises sharply to ascend the last lift of the hill. From this summit the earth lies freely open to the sky, with one the reflection of the vast undulations of the other. To the south the signs of habitation remain. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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