¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 After three of four short stoppages we reach Porlezza at the head of the Lake 12 ¾ P.M. Up the plank, along the shore loaded with our bundles, two or three blocks into a dark room, the Italian custom house, having crossed the border a few miles back.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 In a quarter of an hour we are aboard two carriages with our luggage in a wood wagon, all belonging to the regular diligence line, down through the usually crooked narrow streets, the natives squeezing themselves into nooks or doorways to let us pass, out into the narrow valley, the road narrow and inferior to the standard, always between stone walls, the first two of three miles so narrow that from our carriage window we can easily reach the wall on either side, clusters of rickety tenements, almost villages and with the exception of a few acres of bottom land is a wretched country, worn out, still it is abrupt and picturesque.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The only occupation among the peasants was the gathering of mulberry leaves for the silkworms winter fodder. The north side of the valley xxxx with the sunny exposure is terraced up as high as the rocks will permit, but the southern side is generally unoccupied.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 A bevy of saucy ragmuffins cling ^to^ the back of our voiture in spite of our Jehu’s (?) warning when suddenly he darts down upon them and gives one of them a number of severe cuts much against Anna’s sensitive feelings- Jep thinks he brought the blood-