Portrait of a Donkey, the Traveling Companion of a Literary Giant

“There dwelt an old man in Monastier, of rather unsound intellect according to some, much followed by street-boys, and known to fame as Father Adam. Father Adam had a cart, and to draw the cart a diminutive she-ass, not much bigger than a dog, the color of a mouse, with a kindly eye and a determined under-jaw. There was something neat and high-bred, a quakerish elegance, about the rogue that hit my fancy on the spot.”

“Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes,” 1987

— Robert Louis Stevenson

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