button to main menu  Observations on Picturesque Beauty, vol.1 p.136

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vol.1 p.136
The surface too is uneven; and a sort of little Appenine ridge runs through the middle of it; falling down, in all shapes into the water.- Like it's great mother-island, the southern part wears a smoother aspect, than the northern, which is broken, and rocky.
Formerly the whole island was one entire grove. At present, it is rather bare of wood; though there are some large oaks upon it.
One of it's greatest beauties arises from that irregular little Appenine, just mentioned, which extends from one end to the other. This circumstance hides it's insularity, by connecting it with the continent. In every part, except on the high grounds, you stand in an amphitheatre composed of the noblest objects; and the lake performing the office of a sunk fence, the grandeur of each part of the continent is called in, by turns, to aid the insignificance of the island.
The oblong form also of the lake gives the island another great advantage. On both it's sides, the opposite shore of the continent is little more than half a mile distant: but at the northern and southern points there is a large sheet of water. The views therefore, as you walk round, are continually changing
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