I can still feel to-day the hot sun on my back, can still see how, after we had lost the last traces of the path, we stood on the bank, surrounded by high mountains covered with ; their impenetrable woods, so inaccesible and hostile. I can still see that river before me, sometimes swiftly roaring and rushing over jagged rocks, sometimes dammed in long lakes, so dark green in their unfathomable depths. It was three in the afternoon as I grew more and more impressed by the feeling that the evening was not far off, soon to be followed by night and that the last village with any sort of protection and order lay eighty miles behind us.
The bearers disputed with the guide, and the latter often fancied he had found the path ; and again and again the others tried with hurried strides to make their way out of the solitary region.
The bundles of rice had grown small ; the meat had all been eaten, and to returnaa thought with which I had been playingawas impossible. There would not have been enough rice for several days' journey for the coolies, and the wild gang of men would have gone mad . . . and then . . . they would have ...
Eating out here in the wilds is too important ; a kind of divine service which all must attend. It never happens that a coolie postpones his meals for any reason of expediency, and least of all when theyEating out here in the wilds is too important ; a kind of divine service which all must attend. It never happens that a coolie postpones his meals for any reason of expediency, and least of all when they