Rudyard Kipling in Vernet les Bains

In a letter to M. Georges Auriol of Perpignan, Rudyard Kipling wrote:

“I came here in search of nothing more than a little sunshine.

But I found Canigou, whom I discovered to be a magician among mountains, and I submitted myself to his power…

I watch him with wonder and delight.

Nothing that he could do or give birth to would now surprise me, whether I met Don Quixote himself riding in from the Spanish side, or all the chivalry of ancient France watering their horses at his streams, or saw (which each twilight seems quite possible) gnomes and kobbolds swarming out of the mines and tunnels of his flanks.”


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