1 Their benevolent disposition often made them enter the cottages of the poor.
2 Its hills are covered with vines, and its cottages are scattered thickly in the plains.
3 After he had been employed thus about an hour, the young woman joined him and they entered the cottage together.
4 Uttering a few sounds with an air of melancholy, he took the pail from her head and bore it to the cottage himself.
5 The vegetables in the gardens, the milk and cheese that I saw placed at the windows of some of the cottages, allured my appetite.
6 It was situated against the back of the cottage and surrounded on the sides which were exposed by a pig sty and a clear pool of water.
7 This hovel however, joined a cottage of a neat and pleasant appearance, but after my late dearly bought experience, I dared not enter it.
8 The floor was a little raised, so that it was kept perfectly dry, and by its vicinity to the chimney of the cottage it was tolerably warm.
9 The old man returned to the cottage, and the youth, with tools different from those he had used in the morning, directed his steps across the fields.
10 As soon as morning dawned I crept from my kennel, that I might view the adjacent cottage and discover if I could remain in the habitation I had found.
11 On examining my dwelling, I found that one of the windows of the cottage had formerly occupied a part of it, but the panes had been filled up with wood.
12 The young woman was again occupied in arranging the cottage, the old man walked before the cottage in the sun for a few minutes, leaning on the arm of the youth.
13 Presently I saw the young man again, with some tools in his hand, cross the field behind the cottage; and the girl was also busied, sometimes in the house and sometimes in the yard.
14 Ruined castles hanging on the precipices of piny mountains, the impetuous Arve, and cottages every here and there peeping forth from among the trees formed a scene of singular beauty.
15 The girl met him at the door, helped to relieve him of his burden, and taking some of the fuel into the cottage, placed it on the fire; then she and the youth went apart into a nook of the cottage, and he showed her a large loaf and a piece of cheese.
16 She was alarmed by this account and passed several hours in looking for him, when the gates of Geneva were shut, and she was forced to remain several hours of the night in a barn belonging to a cottage, being unwilling to call up the inhabitants, to whom she was well known.
17 The young girl was occupied in arranging the cottage; but presently she took something out of a drawer, which employed her hands, and she sat down beside the old man, who, taking up an instrument, began to play and to produce sounds sweeter than the voice of the thrush or the nightingale.
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