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The Land Beyond The Blow - The Kingdom Of Tortirra The Land Beyond The Blow - The Kingdom Of Tortirra

The Land Beyond The Blow - The Kingdom Of Tortirra
Of this unknown country and its inhabitants I have written a large volume which nothing but the obstinacy of publishers has kept from the world, and which I trust will yet see the light. Naturally, I do not wish to publish at this time anything that will sate public curiosity, and this brief sketch will consist of such parts only of the work as I think can best be presented in advance without abating interest in what is to follow when Heaven shall have put it into the hearts of publishers to square their conduct with their interests. I must, however,... Long Stories - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 3653

The Land Beyond The Blow - The Jumjum Of Gokeetle-Guk The Land Beyond The Blow - The Jumjum Of Gokeetle-Guk

The Land Beyond The Blow - The Jumjum Of Gokeetle-Guk
Arriving at the capital of the country after many incredible adventures, I was promptly arrested by the police and taken before the Jumjum. He was an exceedingly affable person, and held office by appointment, "for life or fitness," as their laws express it. With one necessary exception all offices are appointive and the tenure of all except that is the same. The Panjandrum, or, as we should call him, King, is elected for a term of ten years, at the expiration of which he is shot. It is held that any man who has been so long in high authority will... Long Stories - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 642

The Land Beyond The Blow - An Execution In Batrugia The Land Beyond The Blow - An Execution In Batrugia

The Land Beyond The Blow - An Execution In Batrugia
My next voyage was not so prosperous. By violent storms lasting seven weeks, during which we saw neither the sun nor the stars, our ship was driven so far out of its course that the captain had no knowledge of where we were. At the end of that period we were blown ashore and wrecked on a coast so wild and desolate that I had never seen anything so terrifying. Through a manifest interposition of Divine Providence I was spared, though all my companions perished miserably in the waves that had crushed the ship among the rocks. As soon as I... Long Stories - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 2082

The Land Beyond The Blow - A Conflagration In Ghargaroo The Land Beyond The Blow - A Conflagration In Ghargaroo

The Land Beyond The Blow - A Conflagration In Ghargaroo
Through the happy accident of having a mole on the left side of my nose, as had also a cousin of the Prime Minister, I obtained a royal rescript permitting me to speak to the great Juptka-Getch, and went humbly to his dwelling, which, to my astonishment, I found to be an unfurnished cave in the side of a mountain. Inexpressibly surprised to observe that a favorite of the sovereign and the people was so meanly housed, I ventured, after my salutation, to ask how this could be so. Regarding me with an indulgent smile, the venerable man, who was about... Long Stories - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 2595

The Land Beyond The Blow - An Interview With Gnarmag-Zote The Land Beyond The Blow - An Interview With Gnarmag-Zote

The Land Beyond The Blow - An Interview With Gnarmag-Zote
Mogon-Zwair and Lalugnan, having the misfortune to lie on opposite sides of a line, naturally hate each other; so each country sends its dangerous political criminals into the other they usually enjoy high honors and are sometimes elevated to important office under the crown. I was therefore received in Lalugnan with hospitality and given every encouragement in prosecuting my researches into the history and intellectual life of the people. They are so extraordinary a people, inhabiting so marvelous a country, that everything which the traveler sees, hears or experiences makes a lively and lasting impression upon his mind, and the... Long Stories - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 780

The Land Beyond The Blow - Sons Of The Fair Star The Land Beyond The Blow - Sons Of The Fair Star

The Land Beyond The Blow - Sons Of The Fair Star
When consciousness returned the sun was high in the heavens, yet the light was dim, and had that indefinable ghastly quality that is observed during a partial eclipse. The sun itself appeared singularly small, as if it were at an immensely greater distance than usual. Rising with some difficulty to my feet, I looked about me. I was in an open space among some trees growing on the slope of a mountain range whose summit on the one hand was obscured by a mist of a strange pinkish hue, and on the other rose into peaks glittering with snow. Skirting the... Long Stories - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 3080

The Land Beyond The Blow - Thither The Land Beyond The Blow - Thither

The Land Beyond The Blow - Thither
A crowd of men were assisting at a dog-fight. The scene was one of indescribable confusion. In the center of the tumult the dogs, obscure in a cloud of dust, rolled over and over, howling, yarring, tearing each other with sickening ferocity. About them the hardly less ferocious men shouted, cursed and struck, encouraged the animals with sibilant utterances and threatened with awful forms of death and perdition all who tried to put an end to the combat. Caught in the thick of this pitiless mob I endeavored to make my way to a place of peace, when a burly blackguard,... Long Stories - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 2689

On With The Dance! A Review - 12. Our Grandmothers' Legs On With The Dance! A Review - 12. Our Grandmothers' Legs

On With The Dance! A Review - 12. Our Grandmothers' Legs
XII. OUR GRANDMOTHERS' LEGSIt is depressing to realize how little most of us know of the dancing of our ancestors. I would give value to behold the execution of a coranto and inspect the steps of a cinque-pace, having assurance that the performances assuming these names were veritably identical with their memorable originals. We possess the means of verifying somewhat as to the nature of the minuet; but after what fashion did our revered grandfather do his rigadoon and his gavot? What manner of thing was that pirouet in the deft execution of which he felt an honest exultation? And what... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 842

On With The Dance! A Review - 11. Lust, Quoth'a! On With The Dance! A Review - 11. Lust, Quoth'a!

On With The Dance! A Review - 11. Lust, Quoth'a!
XI. LUST, QUOTH'A!You have danced? Ah, good. You have waltzed? Better. You have felt the hot blood hound through your veins, as your beautiful partner, compliant to the lightest pressure of your finger-tips, her breath responsive, matched her every motion with yours? Best of all--for you have served in the temple--you are of the priesthood of manhood. You cannot misunderstand, you will not deliver false oracle. Do you remember your first waltz with the lovely woman whom you had longed like a man but feared like a boy to touch--even so much as the hem of her garment? Can you recall... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 2666

On With The Dance! A Review - 10. They All Dance On With The Dance! A Review - 10. They All Dance

On With The Dance! A Review - 10. They All Dance
X. THEY ALL DANCEFountains dance down to the river, Rivers to the ocean Summer leaflets dance and quiver To the breeze's motion Nothing in the world is single-- All things by a simple rule Nods and steps and graces mingle As at dancing school See the shadows on the mountain Pirouette with one another See the leaf upon the fountain... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 1943

On With The Dance! A Review - 9. Counsel For The Defense On With The Dance! A Review - 9. Counsel For The Defense

On With The Dance! A Review - 9. Counsel For The Defense
IX. COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENSENearly all the great writers of antiquity and of the medieval period who have mentioned dancing at all have done so in terms of unmistakable favor; of modern famous authors, they only have condemned it from whose work, or from what is known of their personal character, we may justly infer an equal aversion to pretty much everything in the way of pleasure that a Christian needs not die in order to enjoy English literature--I use the word in its noble sense, to exclude all manner of preaching, whether clerical or lay--is full of the dance; the... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 1250

On With The Dance! A Review - 5. Enter A Troupe Of Ancients, Dancing On With The Dance! A Review - 5. Enter A Troupe Of Ancients, Dancing

On With The Dance! A Review - 5. Enter A Troupe Of Ancients, Dancing
V. ENTER A TROUPE OF ANCIENTS, DANCINGThe nearly oldest authentic human records now decipherable are the cuneiform inscriptions from the archives of Assurbanipal, translated by the late George Smith, of the British Museum, and in them we find abundant reference to the dance, but must content ourselves with a single one. The kings of Arabia who against my agreement, sinned, whom in the midst of battle alive I had captured in hand, to make that Bitrichiti Heavy burdens I caused them to carry... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 3109

On With The Dance! A Review - 4. A Reef In The Gabardine On With The Dance! A Review - 4. A Reef In The Gabardine

On With The Dance! A Review - 4. A Reef In The Gabardine
IV. A REEF IN THE GABARDINEThe early Jew danced ritually and socially. Some of his dances and the customs connected therewith were of his own devising; others he picked up in Egypt, the latter, no doubt, being more firmly fixed in his memory by the necessity of practicing them--albeit behind the back of Moses--while he had them still fresh in his mind; for he would naturally resort to every human and inhuman device to wile away the dragging decades consumed in tracing the labyrinthine sinuosities of his course in the wilderness. When a man has assurance that he will not be... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 2582

On With The Dance! A Review - 3. Here Are Corns In Egypt On With The Dance! A Review - 3. Here Are Corns In Egypt

On With The Dance! A Review - 3. Here Are Corns In Egypt
III. HERE ARE CORNS IN EGYPTOur civilization--wise child!--knows its father in the superior civilization whose colossal vestiges are found along the Nile. To those, then, who see in the dance a civilizing art, it can not be wholly unprofitable to glance at this polite accomplishment as it existed among the ancient Egyptians, and was by them transmitted--with various modifications, but preserving its essentials of identity--to other nations and other times. And here we have first to note that, as in all the nations of antiquity, the dance in Egypt was principally a religious ceremony; the pious old boys that builded the... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 1718

On With The Dance! A Review - 2. He Beating Of The Blood On With The Dance! A Review - 2. He Beating Of The Blood

On With The Dance! A Review - 2. He Beating Of The Blood
II. HE BEATING OF THE BLOODNature takes a childish delight in tireless repetition. The days repeat themselves, the tides ebb and flow, the tree sways forth and back. This world is intent upon recurrences. Not the pendulum of a clock is more persistent of iteration than are all existing things; periodicity is the ultimate law and largest explanation of the universe--to do it over again the one insatiable ambition of all that is. Everything vibrates; through vibration alone do the senses discern it. We are not provided with means of cognizance of what is absolutely at rest; impressions come in waves.... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 766

On With The Dance! A Review - 1. The Prude In Letters And Life On With The Dance! A Review - 1. The Prude In Letters And Life

On With The Dance! A Review - 1. The Prude In Letters And Life
I. THE PRUDE IN LETTERS AND LIFEIt is deserving of remark and censure that American literature is become shockingly moral. There is not a doubt of it; our writers, if accused, would make explicit confession that morality is their only fault--morality in the strict and specific sense. Far be it from me to disparage and belittle this decent tendency to ignore the largest side of human nature, and liveliest element of literary interest. It has an eminence of its own; if it is not great art, it is at least great folly--a superior sort of folly to which none of the... Essays - Post by : home-biz-wiz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 2677

Cynic Looks At Life - Epigrams Of A Cynic Cynic Looks At Life - Epigrams Of A Cynic

Cynic Looks At Life - Epigrams Of A Cynic
If every hypocrite in the United States were to break his leg to-day the country could be successfully invaded to-morrow by the warlike hypocrites of Canada. To Dogmatism the Spirit of Inquiry is the same as the Spirit of Evil, and to pictures of the latter it appends a tail to represent the note of interrogation. "Immoral" is the judgment of the stalled ox on the gamboling lamb. In forgiving an injury be somewhat ceremonious, lest your magnanimity be construed as indifference. True, man does not know woman. But neither does woman. Age is provident because the less future we have... Essays - Post by : karenwalton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 1411

Cynic Looks At Life - A Mad World Cynic Looks At Life - A Mad World

Cynic Looks At Life - A Mad World
Let us suppose that in tracing its cycloidal curves through the unthinkable reaches of space traversed by the solar system our planet should pass through a "belt" of attenuated matter having the property of dementing us! It is a conception easily enough entertained. That space is full of malign conditions incontinuously distributed; that we are at one time traversing a zone comparatively innocuous and at another spinning through a region of infection; that away behind us in the wake of our swirling flight are fields of plague and pain still agitated by our passage through them,--all this is as good as... Essays - Post by : karenwalton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 1381

Cynic Looks At Life - Natura Benigna Cynic Looks At Life - Natura Benigna

Cynic Looks At Life - Natura Benigna
It is not always on remote islands peopled with pagans that great disasters occur, as memory witnesseth. Nor are the forces of nature inadequate to production of a fiercer throe than any that we have known. The situation is this: we are tied by the feet to a fragile shell imperfectly confining a force powerful enough under favoring conditions, to burst it asunder and set the fragments wallowing and grinding together in liquid flame, in the blind fury of a readjustment. Nay, it needs no such stupendous cataclysm to depeople this uneasy orb. Let but a square mile be blown out... Essays - Post by : ProfitGuild - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 2977

Cynic Looks At Life - The Gift O' Gab Cynic Looks At Life - The Gift O' Gab

Cynic Looks At Life - The Gift O' Gab
A book entitled _Forensic Eloquence_, by Mr. John Goss, appears to have for purpose to teach the young idea how to spout, and that purpose, I dare say, it will accomplish if something is not done to prevent. I know nothing of the matter myself, a strong distaste for forensic eloquence, or eloquence of any kind implying a man mounted on his legs and doing all the talking, having averted me from its study. The training of the youth of this country to utterance of themselves after that fashion I should regard as a disaster of magnitude. So far as I... Essays - Post by : ProfitGuild - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ambrose Bierce - Read : 2729