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Excerpt from Recollections of a Happy Life, Being the Autobiography of Marianne North, Vol. 2 of 2 Masuri is a long scattered place, covering an uneven ridge for about three miles, looking over the wide Dun valley on one side, and into the rolling sea of mountains on the other. The ever-changing lights and shadows over the great mountains were a continual wonder to me to watch. I wondered others did not care to watch them too. The nearer mountains were topped with pines, terraced with burnt-up corn and grass crops. All the rest was bare, except some narrow strips of green following the watercourses. Over all was a zigzag line of snow-tops, full 26,000 feet above the sea, with no one peak particularly domineering. The idea of their great height came from seeing them over so many ranges of mountains, themselves so very high and close, they would certainly have hidden any European line of snow-peaks (such as that which one sees from Berne for instance). After my arrival we had tremendous storms of rain and hail; the air became cold again, and every one had to go to the dining-room in doolies, or to be half-drowned in crossing the garden. Colonel and Mrs. W. came to see me, and insisted on my leaving the hotel and going to stay with them; and I spent a most delightful fortnight in their pretty house. The hotel, in its way, amused me. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.