A Girl's Ride in Iceland

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H. Cox, 1894 - 166 Seiten
 

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Seite 108 - Ages ago — who shall say how long — some vast commotion shook the foundations of the island, and bubbling up from sources far away amid the inland hills, a fiery deluge must have rushed down between their ridges, until, escaping from the narrower gorges, it found space to spread itself into one broad sheet of molten stone over an entire district of country, reducing its varied surface to one vast blackened level. One of two things then occurred : either the vitrified mass contracting as it cooled,...
Seite 55 - Lord, this is the constitution of old time, the which we have given in our days how yee should be governed on your Tinwald day. First, you shall come thither in your royal array, as...
Seite 102 - Blanc, and ejected so vast an amount of fine dust, that the atmosphere over Iceland continued loaded with it for months afterwards. It fell in such quantities over parts of Caithness — a distance of 600 miles — as to destroy the crops, and that year is still spoken of by the inhabitants as the year of
Seite 108 - Gjas, or chasms, which form its lateral boundaries, to mark the limits of the disruption; or else, while the pith or marrow of the lava was still in a fluid state, its upper surface became solid, and formed a roof beneath which the molten stream flowed on to lower levels, leaving a vast cavern into which the upper crust subsequently plumped...
Seite 55 - Clerk, your Knights, Esquires, and Yeomen about you in the Third Degree, and the worthiest Men in your Land to be called in before your Deemsters, if you will ask anything...
Seite 56 - ... third degree; and the worthiest men in. your land to be called in before your deemsters, if you will ask any thing of them, and to hear the government of your land, and your will ; and the commons to stand without the circle of the hill, with thfee clarkes in their surplisses.
Seite 41 - Stornaway had become quite bewildered on the subject of that meteorological phenomenon called the Dawn of Day. In fact, I doubt whether he ever slept for more than five minutes at a stretch, without waking up in a state of nervous agitation, lest it should be cock-crow. At last, when night ceased altogether, his constitution could no longer stand the shock. He crowed once or twice sarcastically, then went melancholy mad : finally, taking a calenture, he cackled lowly (probably of green fields), and...
Seite 3 - . . . Many interesting details of the history and social life of the Icelanders are set forth in a pleasant, chatty style by the spirited and observant lady who rode 160 miles like a man." Saturday Review.—" . . . people intent on new fields of travel ; Mrs. Tweedie's lively account of a voyage to Iceland, and its agreeable and entirely successful results, ought to inspire adventurous ladies to follow her example. . . . Mrs. Tweedie describes the wonders of the land with a keen appreciation, and...
Seite 57 - In their pagan age, it was the custom for the father to determine, as soon as a child was born, whether it should be exposed to death or brought up ; and this not because the rearing of a deformed or weak child would deteriorate a race which prided itself on strength and courage, but from the inability of the parents, from poverty, to bring up their offspring.

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