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Mason & Dixon

Two. America

Table of Contents for pp. 255-713

Chapter 26 (257-265) : 257-261
For fourscoure years, the Boundary Dispute | Had lain in Chancery, irresolute, | As Penns and Baltimores were born, and pass'd, | And nothing ever seem'd to move too fast.
26.2 : 261-265
"The New Religion had crested better than twenty years before," the Revd Cherrycoke explains,
Chapter 27 (266-274) : 266-268
"'Demagogue'!" mutters Dr. Franklin.
27.2 : 268-274
"London," Mr. Mason is soon reporting, "is quite thoroughly charm'd by your Glass Armonica, thanks to the Artistry of the excellent Miss Davies."
Chapter 28 (275-288) : 275-288
In their Decadency these Virginians practice an elaborate Folly of Courtly Love, unmodified since the Dark Ages, so relentlessly that at length they cannot distinguish Fancy from the substantial World, and their Folly absorbs them
Chapter 29 (289-295) : 289-295
Cities begin upon the day the Walls of the Shambles go up,
Chapter 30 (296-301) : 296-298
Upon the day appointed, pursuant to the Chancery Decision, the Commissioners of both Provinces, with Remembrances and Correspondents,
30.2 : 298-301
Dixon, as a Needle man anxious to obtain the latest Magnetick Intelligence of the Region that awaits them, Rumors
Chapter 31 (302-314) : 302-307
One morning in late December, they wake to a smell of Sea-Weed and Brine.
31.2 : 307-308
"Unfortunately, young people," recalls the Revd, "the word Liberty, so unreflectively sacred to us today,
31.3 : 308-314
Meanwhile, Mason and Dixon, a-jangle thro' Veins and Reins with Cafeous Humors
Chapter 32 (315-326) : 315-316
"And they proceeded to take Blows," cries Pitt.
32.2 : 316-326
If Mason's elaborate Tales are a way for him to be true to the sorrows of his own history (the Revd Cherrycoke presently resumes)
Chapter 33 (327-340) : 327-330
"Hope to have your Company at the Bridge...." writes Benjamin Chew, to the Surveyors.
33.2 : 330-333
The attempt to relieve Fort Pitt continues, as do reverberations from the massacres at Conestoga and Lancaster.
33.3 : 333-340
By February they have learn'd their Latitude closely enough
Chapter 34 (341-348) : 341-348
Lancaster Town lies thirty-five miles' Journey to the West
Chapter 35 (349-361) : 349-352
Facts are but the Play-things of lawyers,- Tops and Hoops, forever a-spin...
35.2 : 352-361
'Twas a more tranquil time, before the War, when people moved more slowly,-
Chapter 36 (362-370) : 362-363
The Driver, having observed through the gusting low clouds, candle-lit Windows in the Distance,
36.2 : 363-368
Meanwhile, the Astronomers, returning from Lancaster
36.3 : 368-370
At table next morning, instead of the gusts of grease-smoke she expected vetting from the kitchen, Luise Redzinger
Chapter 37 (371-381) : 371-381
"I was the youngest of four brothers
Chapter 38 (382-390) : 382-383
"Tis determin'd afterward, that Mr. Dimdown,
38.2 : 383-386
In the days they are to remain snow-bound,
38.3 : 386-390
Late one day after his assault upon Armand
38.4 : 390-390
"If we choose to take the Romantic approach,- "
Chapter 39 (391-398) : 391-392
"All right then, if tha really want to know what I think,- "
39.2 : 393-397
So by the time the Snow abates enough to allow them to rejoin the Harlands,
39.3 : 397-398
Returning north,
Chapter 40 (399-409) : 399-408
Having mark'd the sixth Anniversary of Rebekah's Passing,
40.2 : 408-408
Wednesday Morning,
40.3 : 408-409
Coming back down thro' the Jerseys,
Chapter 41 (410-421) : 410-410
"Ran into them once at a Ridotto, actually,"
41.2 : 411-412
In those days, out past the reach of civic Lanthorns
41.3 : 412-421
Mason and Dixon, hapening to be lost at nightfall
Chapter 42 (422-435) : 422-422
"Many Christians,"comments the Revd, "believe Gaming to be a sin.
42.2 : 422-428
"Happen they all reach a point where they can't trust their Luck any more...?
42.3 : 428-435
"As it happen'd," relates Mr. Lespark,
Chapter 43 (436-439) : 436-439
When at the end of February they arrive at Newark
Chapter 44 (440-447) : 440-444
Now, many is the philosophical Mind,- including my own,- convinced that rapid motion through air is possible
44.2 : 444-447
The first day of the West Line, April 5th, falls upon a Friday, -
Chapter 45 (448-451) : 448-451
Back Inhabitants all up and down the Line
Chapter 46 (452-459) : 452-458
When they may, they drink. So does ev'ryone else.
46.2 : 458-459
"Ahoy Murray, - " Nathe writes to his School-friend back in Tidewater Virginia
Chapter 47 (460-465) : 460-465
The Instrument Carriers wait till Monday to go back to Mr. Bryant's and pick up the Sector
Chapter 48 (466-475) : 466-470
On the Twenty-Ninth of May, they return eastward again,
48.2 : 470-475
The North Line quickly completed, the Surveyors are order'd back to Susquehanna,
Chapter 49 (476-483) : 476-479
To Appearance, Trans-Susquehanna is peaceful enough,-
49.2 : 479-483
Since the Party crossed Susquehanna, Armand had been marinating in Melancholy, owing to Luise's Departure.
Chapter 50 (484-490) : 484-490
Not all Roads lead to Philadelphia.
Chapter 51 (491-498) : 491-496
South Mountain is the last concentration of Apparitions,-
51.2 : 496-498
Over South Mountain, among the Springs that fall to Antietam Creek, on September 21st,
Chapter 52 (499-510) : 499-500
The crossing of Conococheague, with its dismal history,
52.2 : 500-503
Long before the Soldiers came in sight, People in their Path could hear the drums,
52.3 : 504-507
The open countryside seem'd made only to pull coal out of and run a few sheep on
52.4 : 508-509
Whilst yet in the steep Mountains, they take to Sledding in the Year's early snow-Falls,
52.5 : 509-510
They discharge the Hands and leave off for Winter
Chapter 53 (511-524) : 511-514
The Ascent to Christ is a struggle thro' one heresy after another, River-wise up-country into a proliferation of Sects and Sects and branching from Sects, unto Deism,
53.2 : 514-518
When they arrive at last in Quebec, the Winter is well upon them.
53.3 : 518-522
S. Blondelle is a Gypsy, a Child of the Sun
53.4 : 522-524
"The Model," the Wolf of Jesus adressing a roomful of students, "is imprisonment.
Chapter 54 (525-541) : 525-526
There came an evening during my novitiate when,
54.2 : 526-529
Brae had discover'd the sinister Volume in 'Thelmer's Room,
54.3 : 529-530
One night I dream that I have come to a Bridge across a broad River,
54.4 : 530-531
One night the Wolf of Jesus understands,-
54.5 : 531-535
All the way down the River, keeping to the south shore, into Six Nations territory,
54.6 : 535-540
She is bunking with Zsuzsa Szabó, the operator of the automatick Battle of Leuthen,
54.7 : 540-541
Rebekah, her eyelids never blinking,
Chapter 55 (542-553) : 542-548
"Terrible Feng-Shui here. Worst I ever saw. You two crazy?"
55.2 : 548-550
I consider'd myself not unacquainted with Mania, records the Revd,
55.3 : 550-552
That night, at Zsusza's Exhibition, in Torchlight, before the gleaming eyes of lovesick Axmen,
55.4 : 552-553
Ethelmer, downstairs, alone, at the Clavier, hair loos'd,
Chapter 56 (554-561) : 554-555
"Now here is something curious."
56.2 : 555-561
Mason for a while had presum'd it but a matter of confusing dates, which are Names, with Days, which are real Things.
Chapter 57 (562-569) : 562-569
Early in 1766,- New Style,- reversing the Directions taken the year before,
Chapter 58 (570-574) : 570-574
Upon the Roads of Mason's journey South, the scene is alarming.
Chapter 59 (575-584) : 575-583
The Surveyors return to the North Mountain at the end of March,
59.2 : 583-584
When Tom wakes next morning,
Chapter 60 (585-596) : 585-596
In the strong twilight over the Mountains of Wales,
Chapter 61 (597-607) : 597-600
So,- quite early the next morning there they both are,
61.2 : 600-604
"As you describe this Line," opines the Professor, back at Camp,
61.3 : 604-607
The night before they set out westward again, Captain Shelby,
Chapter 62 (608-617) : 608-614
In the Conoloways, on the Twenty-second of April,-
62.2 : 614-616
Terrain begins to get "banky," as Dixon styles it.
62.3 : 616-616
On June 14th, they stand atop the Allegheney Divide.
62.4 : 616-617
"Who sent you boys out here like this?"
Chapter 63 (618-622) : 618-622
On August 4th, Mason reports a "great Storm of Thunder and Lightning:
Chapter 64 (623-628) : 623-628
Once, so long ago that no one is sure of Dates anymore,-
Chapter 65 (629-632) : 629-632
All the month of November, Mason and Dixon run the East Line,
Chapter 66 (633-645) : 633-634
"Just talk, Stig..."
66.2 : 634-637
This Season, hanging just over the Horizon,
66.3 : 637-645
The instruments arrive on the seventh of July at Cumberland,
Chapter 67 (646-657) : 646-650
Within the Fortnight, they are join'd by a Delegation of Indians,
67.2 : 650-651
Were the Visto to've cross'd the Warior Path and simply proceeded West,
67.3 : 651-657
One night, yet East of Laurel Hill, Mason asks,
Chapter 68 (658-664) : 658-659
By this time, they're making a mile or two per day.
68.2 : 659-663
They arrange to keep the Sector at the house of Mr. Spears,
68.3 : 663-664
As they have come West, the Visto has grown sensibly wider,
Chapter 69 (665-677) : 665-675
One day, yet east of Cheat, a light Snow descending but scarce begun to stick,
69.2 : 675-676
"As the Stars tell you where it is you must cut your Path, so do the Land and its Rivers tell us where our Tracks must go."
69.3 : 676-677
At either end of the Warrior Path, the heat, the agitation, the increasing Tension grow.
69.4 : 677-677
They both dream of going on, unhinder'd, as the Halt dream of running, the Earth-bound of flying.
Chapter 70 (678-686) : 678-681
At the moment of the Interdiction, when their Eyes at length meet, what they believe they once found aboard the Seahorse fails, this time, to appear.
70.2 : 681-683
Coming back, setting in the last Marks, crossing Jennings Run,
70.3 : 684-686
Turn'd in Retreat Eastward again, watch'd from Cover at ev'ry step,
Chapter 71 (687-693) : 687-689
Back again, Tavern-crawling near the Wharves upon Delaware, Ale-stuporous, the Surveyors enter The Crook'd Finger Inn,-
71.2 : 689-693
"It is possible," here comments the Revd Cherrycoke, "that for some couples, however close, Love is simply not in the cards.
Chapter 72 (694-705) : 694-696
First they have to mark a Meridian Lane, then clear a Visto,
72.2 : 696-697
The Driver's Whip is an evil thing, an expression of ill feeling worse than any between Master and Slave,-
72.3 : 697-700
In '55, at the grim news of Braddock's Fate, Pennsylvanians had come flying Eastward before the Indians over Susquehanna, in a panic,-
72.4 : 700-701
They are very conscious of leaving Town,- with Luck, for the last time,-
72.5 : 701-702
Having acknowledg'd at the Warpath of Justice of the Indians' Desires, after the two deaths,
72.6 : 702-704
"What's that you're writing? Looks like Verse...?"
72.7 : 704-705
On their last visit to New-York, at the very end, waiting for the Halifax Packet,
Chapter 73 (706-713) : 706-710
As all History must converge to Opera in the Italian Style, however,
73.2 : 710-713
Countryfolk they meet again are surpris'd to see them, sometimes shick'd, as at some return of the Dead.