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Wood Beyond The World

by William Morris

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Necessity is the mother of invention. This is undoubtedly true, but it is equally true that invention is not the only member of necessity’s large family. Change of scene and circumstance are also among her children. It was necessity that gave birth to the resolve to travel to the end of the earth — of English earth at all events — in search of fortune, which swelled the bosom of yonder tall, wellfavoured youth, who, seated uncomfortably on the top of that clumsy public conveyance, drives up Market-Jew Street in the ancient town of Penzance. Yes, necessity — stern necessity, as she is sometimes called — drove that youth into Cornwall, and thus was the originating cause of that wonderful series of events which ultimately led to his attaining — but hold! Let us begin at the beginning. . . . "

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But on the fifth morrow the ground rose but little, and at last, when he had been going wearily a long while, and now, hard on noontide, his thirst grieved him sorely, he came on a spring welling out from under a high rock, the water wherefrom trickled feebly away. So eager was he to drink, that at first he heeded nought else; but when his thirst was fully quenched his eyes caught sight of the stream which flowed from the well, and he gave a shout, for lo! it was running south.



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