Excerpt from Travellers' Adventures in All Countries: Abridged From the Best Writers for Young Persons
Was the rich, wide landscape, on which, scarce an hour before, our eyes had rested with infinite delight; but now a sudden and wonderful change had come over it. Our scepe O... f vision had become gradually more circumscribed, as though the dark blue clouds that at first were seen bordering the. Distance, but were now rolling rapidly towards us, envied the pleasure bestowed on us by the prospect. The wind drove them fiercely across the wild prairie, and the nearer they approached the more were we aware of their density and Oppressive in¿uence. The sun was no longer able to blind us by the splendor Of his rays; we turned our eyes fearlessly towards him, and then he appeared, both in size and colour, like the full moon. The outline of the forest became invisible through the thick veil of blue cloud that slowly shrouded it; and the air, that in the morning was elastic and invigorating, was each moment becoming too Oppressive for respiration.
We were at a loss to conjecture the cause of this singular and rather alarming phenomenon; and as I looked towards my companion to ascertain how he was affected by it, our eyes met, and betrayed by looks, while yet we spoke no 'word, that perplexed anxiety which man cannot control when surrounded by new and unaccountable danger.
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