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Pullen, Lloyd T. / Pullen's pencilings and various other selections, embracing a variety of subjects; pathos, description, argument and narrative

Chapter XIV,   pp. 175-191

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Soon after starting we crossed a bridge and left the level plain upon which
the village of Norway rests in peaceful and quiet beauty at the base of the
hills, and commenced to ascend by degrees the first elevation leading into
the hill country. Some of the hills were but slight, others were abrupt and
hard to climb. Roads in this country are not apt to run on section lines,
or lines of any other kind except crooked ones, which seem to be the most
common of any. As it is more easy to go around a steep hill than directly
over the top, crooked roads are an absolute necessity. Sometimes we wind
pleasantly round the side of a mountain; occasionally we find a level spot
between the hills or on the very top; again we descend into slight valleys;
but on the whole our course though far from straight is still onward and
upward. An upward, onward course is truly commendable, but in christianity
and morals it is only obtained by keeping the straight and narrow way. However
steep the ascent or rough and rugged the pathway, whatever obstacles may
meet us squarely in the face, if we turn aside into easy paths and become
lax in morals our course though onward soon ceases to be upward. But there
is so much difference between the hill of morality and the hills of New England
we will not stop to make comparisons. 
Suffice it to say after a few hours ride we came to the home of another friend,
a brother of our companions in the carriage. We all alighted and after resting
a few moments we went across the road and into the highest field on our friend's
farm. This was a hay field as smooth as any in Wisconsin, the stones all
having been removed and laid into a good, substantial wall, which surrounded
the whole field of about twenty-five acres. From the highest point in this
beautiful field we had a fine view of the country and all the mountain ranges
for many miles around. A constant succession of hills and mountains seem
to rise up in bold relief against the horizon. Hills seem to rise gradually
or swell abruptly until high mountain ranges are formed, terracing as it
were the sky and looking like a vast cyclorama. Here we had a grand view
of the White mountains, which appear but a few miles away but are in fact
some twenty-five miles distant. Other mountains of less celebrity but considerable

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