The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region
, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback, without a head.
I was surveying for a man the other day a single straight line one hundred and thirty-two rods long, through a swamp at whose entrance might have been written the words which Dante read over the entrance to the infernal regions
,--"Leave all hope, ye that enter"--that is, of ever getting out again; where at one time I saw my employer actually up to his neck and swimming for his life in his property, though it was still winter.
But the dull country town was tiresome to him, since his acquaintanceship with livelier regions
, and it grew daily more and more so.
Nor could I pass unnoticed the suggestion of the bleak shores of Lapland, Siberia, Spitzbergen, Nova Zembla, Iceland, Greenland, with "the vast sweep of the Arctic Zone, and those forlorn regions
of dreary space,--that reservoir of frost and snow, where firm fields of ice, the accumulation of centuries of winters, glazed in Alpine heights above heights, surround the pole, and concentre the multiplied rigours of extreme cold.
I descended cautiously to the lower regions
, and landed in the back-kitchen, where a gleam of fire, raked compactly together, enabled me to rekindle my candle.
Before the last notes of the dog's remonstrance had died away, the oaken stairs in the higher regions
of the house creaked under slowly-descending footsteps.
The realm of France, it is well known, was divided betwixt the Norman and Teutonic race, who spoke the language in which the word Yes is pronounced as oui, and the inhabitants of the southern regions
, whose speech bearing some affinity to the Italian, pronounced the same word oc.
The reader will here find no regions
cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity, no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language, no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences: he will discover, what will always be discovered by a diligent and impartial inquirer, that wherever human nature is to be found there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason, and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
To overrun these deep regions
where man has never trod
As their predatory excursions extend over the same regions
, they often come in contact with each other, and these casual conflicts serve to keep their wits awake and their passions alive.
As with the kingdoms of the earth, there are regions
more turbulent than others.
Are we not in danger of producing some such state of things in the boundless regions
of the far West?