Quick Quotes 12. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829):
I descended the bank and crossed the river, entering a little way into the forest. All was silence and solitude; animals and birds seemed to have deserted the country, except the squirrel and the woodpecker, and these at times I could hear a long way off. The squirrel followed me as I went along, chattering and jumping from tree to tree among the branches; a man of pleasure, eager in the pursuit of the novel and the curious!— while the woodpecker, like a steady man of business, hammered and rapped away, less easily allured from his daily occupation. I rested and listened. There was no wind; even these small sounds pervaded large regions of space; and, at intervals, the creaking of the old trees, and the heavy lumping fall of the clotted snow through the branches, rendered the contrast with animated nature still more dismal. I left the wood, and proceeded along the bed of the river, which was of considerable breadth; and here I walked for upwards of an hour, without seeing a track or footmark of any sort. Had I not known that I was within a short distance of a human dwelling, nothing that I then saw could have led me to conclude that such had been the case.
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