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Page 51 text:
Undertakings. Oh, my prophetic soul! I ' m down again! ' ' The air bites shrewdly. It Is a nipping and an eager air. What hour now? I think it lacks of twelve. Indeed it now Draws nigh the season wherein the stomach Is wont to warble unmelodiouslv. Less art, more matter! . . . After dinner soliloquy: " What is man (or Abbot girl for that matter) That his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more! Now whether it be natural otiosity or some Craven scruple of thinking too precisely On the two-mile walk to North Conway, A thought which quartered hath but one part Healthv exercise and three parts aching muscles, I know not. Shall we expose what is mortal And unsure to all that skates, and ice, and Other perils dare, even for a Viennese Waltz? " And still we go. (Fell down her snowy trophies And herself onto the heartless ice.) The night Draws on apace. My neighbors ' spirit in arms, I doubt some foul play. There ' s beds awry, And my two school-fellows, whom I will trust As adders fanged, thev wear suspicious mien. Let it work, for ' tis sport to have The piebedmaker hoist with his own petar. An ' t shall go hard, but I will delve one yard Below their blankets and there deposit Midst the snowy sheets an icy lump, that Swift as quicksilver it courses through the natural Gates and alleys of the sheet. Pandemonium reigns, And in its midst, the clock then beating one, " Rest, rest, perturbed spirits! " quoth Miss Bailev. The rest is silence. 47
Page 50 text:
Intervale CAVIAR TO THE GENERAL But look, the morn, in russet flannels clad, Peeps out the side of yonder Johnny door. Wake we our neighbors up; but by my advice Let us impart what we have seen tonight To no one. But for this, I could a tale Unfold, whose slightest word would freeze thv young Blood. For sleeping in mine comfy bed, Mv custom always in the night, upon Mv slumbrous hour mv roommate stole, With juice of cursed ice within a glass, And in the gapings of my night-shirt poured This leperous distilment. Something too much Of this! Let us to breakfast. Thrift, thrift, Horatio, is forgotten, since steak and fried Pancakes do warmly furnish forth The breakfast table. And later, " Oh, That this too, too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into the perfect Figure. " Then under this most excellent Canopy, the air, look vou, this brave o ' erhanging Firmament we shall ski. We pause upon Yon sterile promontorv and ponder. " To ski or not to ski; that is the question. Whether ' tis nobler in a snowdrift to suffer The chills and drippings of outrageous icicles, Or to take weight upon our ski-poles And m arising break them. Ah! this is The very ecstasv of love of skiing, Whose violent properties upsets itself And us, and leads the legs to desperate 46
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