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The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen   By: (1866-1941)

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THE ADVENTURES OF ELIZABETH IN RÜGEN

BY

THE AUTHOR OF "ELIZABETH AND HER GERMAN GARDEN"

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

1904

[Illustration: map of Rügen]

CONTENTS

THE FIRST DAY From Miltzow to Lauterbach

THE SECOND DAY Lauterbach and Vilm

THE THIRD DAY From Lauterbach to Göhren

THE FOURTH DAY From Göhren to Thiessow

THE FOURTH DAY (continued) At Thiessow

THE FIFTH DAY From Thiessow to Sellin

THE FIFTH DAY (continued) From Sellin to Binz

THE SIXTH DAY The Jagdschloss

THE SIXTH DAY (continued) The Granitz Woods, Schwarze See, and Kieköwer

THE SEVENTH DAY From Binz to Stubbenkammer

THE SEVENTH DAY (continued) At Stubbenkammer

THE EIGHTH DAY From Stubbenkammer to Glowe

THE NINTH DAY From Glowe to Wiek

THE TENTH DAY From Wiek to Hiddensee

THE ELEVENTH DAY From Wiek Home

THE ADVENTURES OF ELIZABETH IN RÜGEN

THE FIRST DAY

FROM MILTZOW TO LAUTERBACH

Every one who has been to school and still remembers what he was taught there, knows that Rügen is the biggest island Germany possesses, and that it lies in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Pomerania.

Round this island I wished to walk this summer, but no one would walk with me. It is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside. If you drive you are bound by a variety of considerations, eight of the most important being the horses' legs. If you bicycle but who that loves to get close to nature would bicycle? And as for motors, the object of a journey like mine was not the getting to a place but the going there.

Successively did I invite the most likely of my women friends, numbering at least a dozen, to walk with me. They one and all replied that it would make them tired and that it would be dull; and when I tried to remove the first objection by telling them how excellent it would be for the German nation, especially those portions of it that are still to come, if its women walked round Rügen more often, they stared and smiled; and when I tried to remove the second by explaining that by our own spirits are we deified, they stared and smiled more than ever.

Walking, then, was out of the question, for I could not walk alone. The grim monster Conventionality whose iron claws are for ever on my shoulder, for ever pulling me back from the harmless and the wholesome, put a stop to that even if I had not been afraid of tramps, which I was. So I drove, and it was round Rügen that I drove because one hot afternoon when I was idling in the library, not reading but fingering the books, taking out first one and then another, dipping into them, deciding which I would read next, I came across Marianne North's Recollections of a Happy Life , and hit upon the page where she begins to talk of Rügen. Immediately interested for is not Rügen nearer to me than any other island? I became absorbed in her description of the bathing near a place called Putbus, of the deliciousness of it in a sandy cove where the water was always calm, and of how you floated about on its crystal surface, and beautiful jelly fish, stars of purest colours, floated with you. I threw down the book to ransack the shelves for a guide to Rügen. On the first page of the first one I found was this remarkable paragraph:

'Hearest thou the name Rügen, so doth a wondrous spell come over thee. Before thine eyes it rises as a dream of far away, beauteous fairylands. Images and figures of long ago beckon thee across to the marvellous places where in grey prehistoric times they dwelt, and on which they have left the shadow of their presence. And in thee stirs a mighty desire to wander over the glorious, legend surrounded island... Continue reading book >>




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