Robert Louis Stevenson quote about darkness from Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes - There is a romance about all who are abroad in the black hours, and with something of a thrill we try to guess their business.
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There is a romance about all who are abroad in the black hours, and with something of a thrill we try to guess their business.
 Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879). copy citation

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“I have heard people passing by night in sleeping cities; some of them sang; one, I remember, played loudly on the bagpipes. I have heard the rattle of a cart or carriage spring up suddenly after hours of stillness, and pass, for some minutes, within the range of my hearing as I lay abed. There is a romance about all who are abroad in the black hours, and with something of a thrill we try to guess their business. But here the romance was double: first, this glad passenger, lit internally with wine, who sent up his voice in music through the night; and then I, on the other hand, buckled into my sack, and smoking alone in the pine-woods between four and five thousand feet towards the stars.” source

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