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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: In the Wilderness Author: Robert Hichens Release Date: April 13, 2006 [EBook #4603] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK IN THE WILDERNESS *** Produced by Dagny; John Bickers; David Widger IN THE WILDERNESS By Robert Hichens BOOK I--HERMES AND THE CHILD CHAPTER I Amedeo Dorini, the hall porter of the Hotel Cavour in Milan, stood on the pavement before the hotel one autumn afternoon in the year 1894, waiting for the omnibus, which had gone to the station, and which was now due to return, bearing--Amedeo hoped--a load of generously inclined travelers.
During the years of his not unpleasant servitude Amedeo had become a student of human nature.
He had learnt to judge shrewdly and soundly, to sum up quickly, to deliver verdicts which were not unjust. And now, as he saw the omnibus, with its two fat brown horses, coming slowly along by the cab rank, and turning into the Piazza that is presided over by Cavour’s statue, he prepared almost mechanically to measure and weigh evidence, to criticize and come to a conclusion. He glanced first at the roof of the omnibus to take stock of the luggage pile there.
There was plenty of it, and a good deal of it was leather and reassuring.
Amedeo had a horror of tin trunks--they usually gave such small tips.
Having examined the luggage he sent a searching glance to two rows of heads which were visible inside the vehicle.
The brawny porters hurried out, the luggage chute was placed in position, the omnibus door was opened, and the first traveler stepped forth. A German of the most economical type, large, red and wary, with a mo...

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