1 Day dawned; and I directed my steps towards the town.
2 At length the high white steeple of the town met my eyes.
3 Waldman, whom I had never seen, as he had hitherto been out of town.
4 I felt this delay very bitterly; for I longed to see my native town and my beloved friends.
5 The road ran by the side of the lake, which became narrower as I approached my native town.
6 You had mentioned Geneva as the name of your native town, and towards this place I resolved to proceed.
7 As I could not pass through the town, I was obliged to cross the lake in a boat to arrive at Plainpalais.
8 She arrived in safety at a town about twenty leagues from the cottage of De Lacey, when her attendant fell dangerously ill.
9 The banks of the Thames presented a new scene; they were flat but fertile, and almost every town was marked by the remembrance of some story.
10 The most violent storm hung exactly north of the town, over the part of the lake which lies between the promontory of Belrive and the village of Copet.
11 Having paid his debts, therefore, in the most honourable manner, he retreated with his daughter to the town of Lucerne, where he lived unknown and in wretchedness.
12 At first I wished to hurry on, for I longed to console and sympathise with my loved and sorrowing friends; but when I drew near my native town, I slackened my progress.
13 It was completely dark when I arrived in the environs of Geneva; the gates of the town were already shut; and I was obliged to pass the night at Secheron, a village at the distance of half a league from the city.
14 Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.
15 But the beauty and regularity of the new town of Edinburgh, its romantic castle and its environs, the most delightful in the world, Arthur's Seat, St. Bernard's Well, and the Pentland Hills compensated him for the change and filled him with cheerfulness and admiration.
16 I shall depart for the latter town in a fortnight or three weeks; and my intention is to hire a ship there, which can easily be done by paying the insurance for the owner, and to engage as many sailors as I think necessary among those who are accustomed to the whale-fishing.
17 When I had arrived at this point and had become as well acquainted with the theory and practice of natural philosophy as depended on the lessons of any of the professors at Ingolstadt, my residence there being no longer conducive to my improvements, I thought of returning to my friends and my native town, when an incident happened that protracted my stay.
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