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14 An Inland Voyage,
There is not enough exercise in such a life
for any high measure of health ; but a high
measure of health is only necessary for un-
healthy people. The slug of a fellow, who is
never ill nor well, has a quiet time of it in life,
and dies all the easier.
I am sure I would rather be a bargee than
occupy any position under Heaven that required
attendance at an office. There are few callings,
I should say, where a man gives up less of his
liberty in return for regular meals. The bargee
is on shipboard — he is master in his own ship —
he can land whenever he will — he can never
be kept beating off a lee-shore a whole frosty
night when the sheets are as hard as iron ;
and so far as I can make out, time stands as
nearly still with him as is compatible with
the return of bed-time or the dinner-hour. It
is not easy to see why a bargee should ever

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London, 1878 - Inland voyage
DescriptionBy Robert Louis Stevenson. An account of the author's canoe trip from Antwerp in Belgium to Pontoise in France. With frontispiece by Walter Crane. (London: C. Kegan Paul & Co, 1878.)
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Form / genre: Written and printed matter > Books
Dates / events: 1878 [Date published]
Places: Europe > Belgium > Flanders > Antwerpen province > Antwerp (inhabited place) [Place in text]
Europe > France > Île-de-France > Val-d'Oise > Cergy-Pontois (inhabited place) [Place in text]
Europe > United Kingdom > England > Greater London > London (inhabited place) [Place published]
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Person / organisation: Crane, Walter, 1845-1915 [Illustrator]
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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C. Kegan Paul & Co. [Publisher]
Early editions of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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