The surrounding country is a sterile and gloomy wilderness exposed to the cold and blighting blasts of the Sierra.
Spring sets in with remarkable rapidity and charm at the end of April; but in the second half of May come the " icy saints' days," so blighting that it is impossible to cultivate the apple or pear.
His attention having been drawn to the blighting of the young shoots of fruit-trees, which was commonly attributed to the ants found upon them, he was the first to find the Aphides that really do the mischief; and, upon searching into the history of their generation, he observed the young within the bodies of their parents.
"the rugged path I Where she once saw that horseman toil, with brief I And blighting hope, who with the news of death I Struck body and soul as with a mortal blight" (blighting, condemned by Rossetti, is cancelled in the Bodleian MS.).
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