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Rollo in Rome

Jacob Abbott

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .a> trunks and baggage were transferred from the top of one coach to the top of the other, without being taken down at all. The baggage in these diligences is always packed upon the top.

You would think that this would make the coach top heavy, and so it does in some degree; but then the body of the coach below is so large and heavy, that the extra weight above is well counterpoised; and then, besides, the roads are so smooth and level, and withal so hard, that there is no danger of an upset.

The work of shifting the baggage from one diligence to the other was performed under an archway. There was a door leading from this archway into a large office, where the two companies of passengers were assembled, waiting for the coaches to be ready. All these passengers were loaded with carpet bags, knapsacks, valises, bundles of umbrellas and canes, and other such light baggage which they had had with them inside the coaches. Many of them were sitting on chair. . . Read More

Community Reviews

So we come to the end of the road, and it leads to Rome...

After fleeing Naples at the end of the last book, Rollo and Mr. George are in their hotel room somewhere in Italy when the waiter brings in a whole, cold chicken. Rollo asks Mr. George what that's all about, and Mr. George explains that in th

This book wasn't terrible and the story has a nice flow, but it was definitely written more as a travel brochure than a novel. Probably a big hit back in its day though.