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The Alpine Fay A Romance   By: (1838-1918)

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2. The diphthong oe is represented by [oe].

The Alpine Fay

A ROMANCE

FROM THE GERMAN OF E. WERNER

BY MRS. A. L. WISTER

PHILADELPHIA J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY 1908.

Copyright, 1889, by J. B. Lippincott Company.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER

I. A Mountain Home

II. A Morning Call

III. Explanatory

IV. The Last Thurgau

V. The Lover and the Suitor

VI. At President Nordheim's

VII. A New Scheme

VIII. Another Clime

IX. The Herr President Speaks

X. A Professional Visit

XI. On the Alm

XII. The Bale Fire

XIII. An Outraged Wife

XIV. Midsummer Blessing

XV. A Betrothal

XVI. Suspicions

XVII. Unforeseen Obstacles

XVIII. A Mountain Ramble

XIX. Nemesis

XX. Blasts and Counterblasts

XXI. A Challenge

XXII. An Unexpected Visit

XXIII. A Jealous Lover

XXIV. The Avalanche

XXV. Not all Despair

XXVI. The Kiss of the Alpine Fay

XXVII. Midsummer Eve again

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CHAPTER I.

A MOUNTAIN HOME.

High above the snow crowned summits of the mountains gleamed a rainbow. The storm had passed; there was still a low mutter of thunder in the ravines, and masses of clouds lay encamped about the mountainsides, but the skies were once more clear, the loftiest peaks were unveiling, and dark forests and green slopes were beginning slowly to emerge from the sea of cloud and mist.

The extensive Alpine valley through which rushed a considerable stream lay far in the depths of the mountain range, so secluded and lonely that it might have been entirely shut off from the world and its turmoil; and yet the world had found the way to it. The quiet mountain road, usually deserted save for an occasional wagon or a strolling pedestrian, was all astir with bustle and life. Everywhere were to be seen groups of engineers and labourers; everywhere measuring, surveying, and planning were going on; the railway, in a couple of years, was to stretch its iron arms forth into this mountain seclusion, and preparations were already making for its course.

Some way up the mountain road, on the brink of a hollow whose rocky sides fell away in a steep descent, lay a dwelling house, which at first sight did not appear to differ much from others scattered here and there among the mountains; a near view, however, soon made plain that it was no peasant's abode situated thus on the spacious green slope. The house had firmly cemented walls of blocks of stone, and low but broad doors and windows; two semicircular projections, the pointed roofs of which gave them the air of small towers, lent it a stately appearance, and above the entrance there was artistically carved in the stone a scutcheon.

It was one of those old baronial mansions, yet to be found here and there among the mountains, simple and rude, half suggesting a peasant abode, gray and weather worn, but stoutly resisting the decay to which many a proud castle had fallen a victim. The ascending slope of the mountain formed a picturesque background, and high above a huge peak reared its rocky crest, crowned with snow, lonely and proud... Continue reading book >>




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