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THE LAND OF DARKNESS.
['The following narrative forms a necessary part of the Little Pilgrim's experiences in the spiritual world, though it is not her personal story, but is drawn from the Archives of which, in their bearing upon the universal history of mankind, she was informed.]
I FOUND myself standing on my sharp shock of once more feeling feet, with the tingling sensation of under my feet something solid, having come down rapidly upon which struck yet sustained. After the ground from a height. There a little while the giddiness above was a similar feeling in my head, and the tingling below passed as of the whirling and sickening away, and I felt able to look sensation of passing downward about me and discern where I was. through the air, like the descrip- But not all at once: the things tion Dante gives of his descent immediately about me impressed upon Geryon. My mind, curiously me first—then the general aspect enough, was sufficiently disengaged of the new place. to think of that, or at least to First of all the light, which was allow swift passage for the recol- lurid, as if a thunderstorm were lection through my thoughts. All coming on. I looked up involunthe aching of wonder, doubt, and tarily to see if it had begun to fear which I had been conscious rain; but there was nothing of the of a little while before was gone. kind, though what I saw above There was no distinct interval be- me was a lowering canopy of cloud, tween the one condition and the dark, threatening, with a faint other, nor in any fall (as I supposed reddish tint diffused upon the vapit must have been) had I any con- orous darkness. It was, however, sciousness of change. There was quite sufficiently clear to see everythe whirling of the air, resisting thing, and there was a good deal my passage, yet giving way under to see. I was in a street of what me in giddy circles, and then the seemed a great and very populous