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A BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE, with the corn bright in it, but not

Patches of poor rye where corn should have been, patches of poor
peas and beans, patches of most coarse vegetable substitutes for
wheat. On inanimate nature, as on the men and women who
cultivated it, a prevalent tendency towards an appearance of
vegetating unwillingly-a dejected disposition to give up, and
wither away.

Monsieur the Marquis in his travelling carriage (which might have
been lighter), conducted by four post-horses and two postilions,
fagged up a steep hill.

A blush on the countenance of Monsieur the Marquis was no
impeachment of his high breeding; it was not from within; it was
occasioned by an external circumstance beyond his control-the
setting sun.

The sunset struck so brilliantly into the travelling carriage when it
gained the hill-top, that its occupant was steeped in crimson. “It
will die out,” said Monsieur the Marquis, glancing at his hands,
“directly.” In effect, the sun was so low that it dipped at the
moment. When the heavy drag had been adjusted to the wheel,
and the carriage slid down hill, with a cinderous smell, in a cloud
of dust, the red glow departed quickly; the sun and the Marquis
going down together, there was no glow left when the drag was
taken off.

But, there remained a broken country, bold and open, a little
village at the bottom of the hill, a broad sweep and rise beyond it, a
churchtower, a windmill, a forest for the chase, and a crag with a
fortress on it used as a prison. Round upon all these darkening
objects as the night drew on, the Marquis looked, with the air of
one who was coming near home.

The village had its one poor street, with its poor brewery, poor
tannery, poor tavern, poor stable-yard for relays of post-horses,
poor fountain, all usual poor appointments. It had its poor people
too. All poor a its people were poor, and many of them were sitting
at their doors, shredding spare onions and the like for supper,
while many were at the fountain, washing leaves, and grasses, and
any such small yieldings of the earth that could be eaten.
Expressive signs of what made them poor, were not wanting; the
tax for the state, the tax for the church, the tax for the lord, tax local
and tax general, were to be paid here and to be paid there,
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