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hardly had I felt this, when, by opening my eyes, as I now suppose, the light.
poured in upon me again. I walked,
and, I believe, descended; but I presently found a great alteration in my sensations. Before, dark and opaque bodies had surrounded me, impervious to my touch or sight; but I now found that I could wander on at liberty, with
no obstacles which I could not either:
surmount or avoid. The light became
more and more oppressive to me; and,
the heat wearying me as I walked, I sought a place where I could receive shade. This was the forest near Ingoldstadt; and here I lay by the side of a brook resting from my fatigue,
until I felt tormented by hunger and
thirst. This roused me from my nearly
dormant state, and I ate some berries
which I found hanging on the trees, or
lying on the ground. I slaked my
thirst at the brook; and then lying
pleasure. I started up, and beheld a
radiant form rise from among the trees. I gazed with a kind of wonder. It moved slowly, but it enlightened my path; and I again went out in search of berries. I was still cold, when under one of the trees I found a huge cloak,
with which I covered myself, and sat down upon the ground. No distinct ideas occupied my mind; all was confused. I felt light, and hunger, and thirst, and darkness; innumerable sounds rung in my ears, and on all sides various scents saluted me: the only object that I could distinguish was the bright moon, and I fixed my eyes on that with pleasure. “Several changes of day and night passed, and the orb of night had greatly lessened when I began to distinguish my sensations from each other. I gradually saw plainly the clear stream that supplied me with drink, and the trees that shaded me with their foliage. I was delighted when I first discovered that a pleasant sound, which often saluted my ears, proceeded from the throats of the little winged animals who
had often intercepted the light from
the night, and again, with a lessened.
form, shewed itself, while I still re-
my mind received every day additional.
ideas. My eyes became accustomed
to the light, and to perceive objects.
the insect from the herb, and, by de
grees, one herb from another. I found
quickly drew it out again with a cry of
pain. How strange, I thought, that the same cause should produce such opposite effects I examined the materials of the fire, and to my joy found it to be composed of wood. I quickly collected some branches; but they were wet, and would not burn. I was pained at this, and sat still watching the operation of the fire. The wet wood which I had placed near the heat dried, and itself