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Strauch, Dora; Brockmann, Walter / Satan came to Eden

Chapter III: We find our Eden,   pp. 34-49

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38                  Satan Came to Eden 
hardly less strewn with fragments of the same jagged, granite-like 
stone, but limy earth between supported a growth of grass and 
scrub. When we had gone steadily for an hour, we called a halt 
and looked back along the way we had come. Almost uncon- 
sciously we had been climbing uphill, and found ourselves now 
well advanced towards the slope of the highest mountain on the 
island. Its broad base loomed up before us, very near. Hugo said 
that we must use this peak as our guide, for we should be return- 
ing to Post Office Bay by the same route. We turned from the 
view of the green flanks of the volcano, whose crater now sent 
forth no more blasting streams of lava to destroy all the life over 
which they poured, and saw the five lava beds we had crossed, 
descending in a straight line, one behind the other, to the sea. "We
have come here five hundred thousand years too soon," said Fred- 
erick. "The few centuries since this volcano ceased to be active 
have hardly sufficed for life to take root here. These dull and 
leafless acacias and straw-like grass will give place some day to 
rich and abundant vegetation, if the water supply can in some way 
be made adequate." 
  The gray-blue of the lower island lightened to a pale green 
towards the mountain-top, and as we ascended the path we were 
astonished at the difference in the vegetation. We came upon 
lemon trees, their branches heavily laden, and the ground around 
them strewn with fallen fruit. I stooped and picked the fruit up 
from the ground; it was the first time I had ever seen a lemon 
growing. We had now come high enough on the mountainside 
to be able to observe what differences the moister air produced in 
all that grew there. Not only plants, but also animals could thrive 
in this more favored district, and we saw where cattle and swine 
had trodden trails like a snakes-and-ladders board into the earth. 
From a distance wild donkeys gazed at us, with a detached expres- 
sion in their soft eyes. 
  Suddenly the dogs broke into loud barking and leaped wildly 
ahead, Hugo plunging after them. We heard a shot, and a few 
moments later Hugo came racing proudly back, with the announce- 
ment that he had killed a boar. Every German knows what boar- 
hunting is, how dangerous the quarry, and how nimble and clever 

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