A close family who has found themselves stranded on an
island after a shipwreck - By J. D. Wyss

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THE SHINING GROTTO                     179
several rooms. I kept the finest of the pillars, and the most beautiful pieces to decorate what would be our winter drawing-room. The large ones served us for chairs and tables; their shining crystals multiplied the reflection of the lights. We divided the cave into two parts by a partition ; the one on the right was to be our residence; that on the left was to contain the kitchen, stables, and work-room. At the end of the second division, where windows could not be placed, the cellar and store-room were to be formed ; the whole separated by partition-boards, with doors of communication. The living-room was again subdivided into three: the first, next the door, was the bedroom for my wife and me ; the second a dining-room, and the last a bedroom for the boys. As we had only three windows, we put one in each sleeping-room; the third was fixed in the kitchen, where my wife would often be. I made a good fireplace in the kitchen, near the window ; also I pierced the rock a little above, and the hole answered the purpose of a chimney. Lastly came the stables, which were divided into four compartments, and occupied all the bottom of the cavern on one side ; on thr other Tvere the cellar and magazine.
During the long stay we made at Tent House
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