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Edinburgh Picturesque Notes - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Edingburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

CHAPTER I.
INTRODUCTORY.



THE ancient and famous metropolis of the North sits 
overlooking a windy estuary from the slope and summit of 
three hills.  No situation could be more commanding for 
the head city of a kingdom; none better chosen for noble 
prospects.  From her tall precipice and terraced gardens 
she looks far and wide on the sea and broad champaigns.  
To the east you may catch at sunset the spark of the May 
lighthouse, where the Firth expands into the German 
Ocean; and away to the west, over all the carse of 
Stirling, you can see the first snows upon Ben Ledi.

But Edinburgh pays cruelly for her high seat in one 
of the vilest climates under heaven.  She is liable to be 
beaten upon by all the winds that blow, to be drenched 
with rain, to be buried in cold sea fogs out of the east, 
and powdered with the snow as it comes flying southward 
from the Highland hills.  The weather is raw and 
boisterous in winter, shifty and ungenial in summer, and 
a downright meteorological purgatory in the spring.  The 
delicate die early, and I, as a survivor, among bleak 
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