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Page 147:-
- a narrow, radiant, translucent screen; itself lighting up the gorge, but half concealing the projections and waving ferns behind it. The way in which it converts the spray into sparks and many-coloured gems can be believed only by those who have seen it.
  Langdale Chapel
The three ways from Milbeck are first down Langdale to its junction with the Brathay valley, or by High Close to Grasmere: secondly, by Wall End to Blea Tarn, and the Fellfoot road: and thirdly, by Stickle Tarn, up Harrison Stickle, or over into Easedale. We have little to observe about the first,- Langdale having been described (p.48) as seen from High Close. Langdale Chapel is a primitive hamlet, where the old character of the district is well preserved. The little chapel is a good specimen of the churches of the vales. A few years since, the rotten old pulpit fell, with the clergyman, Mr. Frazer, in it, just after he had begun his sermon from the text "Behold, I come quickly." The pulpit fell on an elderly dame, who escaped wonderfully. Mr. Frazer, as soon as he found his feet, congratulated her on surviving such an adventure: but she tartly refused his sympathy, saying, "If I'd been kilt, I'd been reet sarrat, (rightly served), for you'd threatened ye'd be comin doon sune." Near this chapel is the Thrang Slatequarry, where the stranger should look in and see what a mighty excavation has been caused by the demand for this fine slate. Just beyond the chapel, the roads part,- that which ascends to High Close climbing the hill to the left.
  Blea Tarn, Langdale
As for the second road from Milbeck,- the main
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