Our time was a good deal taken up by thawing noses and cheeks as they froze – not that we stopped; we had no time for that. We simply took off a mit, and laid the warm hand on the frozen spot as we went; when we thought we had restored sensation, we put the hand back into the mit. By this time it would want warming. One does not keep one’s hands bare for long with the thermometer several degrees below zero and a storm blowing.
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This quotation was picked mostly because of the breathtaking alliterative quality of the translation of the following evocative line:
restless urge to rove
And rummage through the world exploring it
Jesus was tested by the devil for 40 days and 40 nights, alone in the desert; Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land. The number is synonymous with a voyage of learning and discovery through a testing wilderness.