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Vailima Letters - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Vailima Letters Robert Louis Stevenson
 


Vailima Letters

CHAPTER I



IN THE MOUNTAIN, APIA, SAMOA,
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND, 1890


MY DEAR COLVIN, - This is a hard and interesting and 
beautiful life that we lead now.  Our place is in a deep 
cleft of Vaea Mountain, some six hundred feet above the sea, 
embowered in forest, which is our strangling enemy, and which 
we combat with axes and dollars.  I went crazy over outdoor 
work, and had at last to confine myself to the house, or 
literature must have gone by the board.  NOTHING is so 
interesting as weeding, clearing, and path-making; the 
oversight of labourers becomes a disease; it is quite an 
effort not to drop into the farmer; and it does make you feel 
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