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The continental traveller's oracle

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Pages: 194

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Thomas Wyse

Excerpt from book: FIRST PART. THE PREPARATION, OR WHAT SHOULD BE DONE BEFORE SETTING OUT. Je vais ou va toute chose— Ou va la feuille de rose, Et la feuille de laurier. Arnauld. ls£ Dictum.—Nascitur poeta, Jit orator. Both may be applied to the traveller—nasci- tur et Jit: he must be born with the proper organization—nascitur: he must improve it by continual exercise—-Jit. 2. By exercise, I mean, eyes that can see, ears that can hear, legs that can walk, a tongue that can speak: in a word, a body with a soul—but a soul also, with a decent kind of body. 3. By exercise, I mean, seeing with one's own eyes, hearing with one's own ears, walking with one s own legs, and speaking, if one can, with one's own tongue: in fine, living, and keeping one's self awake: — not, as many do, doing every thing but eating by proxy, or sauntering about through existence, with their souls in one place and bodies in another — somnambulists from their very birth. 4. Children destined by their parents to be travellers should be thrown into a pail of ice the mgment they are born, and then transferred for half an hour to the kitchen fire: they may have to swim across frozen rivers, and run a race in the torrid zone, more than once, before they die:—they should be often fed on bread and water, and sometimes not at all: in the deserts of Arabia there is seldom either:—they should "be clad thinly:—the brigands of Terracina frequently strip their victims :—they should know how to go naked on emergencies: tailors are not to be had in the wilderness. They may dislike this at the time, but they will thank their parents for it hereafter :—there was a reason for every branch of the regulation, and it was, besides, economical. Should their weakly constitutions sink under it, the parents ought not to have c...  


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