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The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter The Last. The Conclusion Of This Tale The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter The Last. The Conclusion Of This Tale

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter The Last. The Conclusion Of This Tale
FROM that day Gertrude's spirit resumed its wonted cheerfulness, and for the ensuing week she never reverted to her approaching fate; she seemed once more to have grown unconscious of its limit. Perhaps she sought, anxious for Trevylyan to the last, not to throw additional gloom over their earthly separation; or, perhaps, once steadily regarding the certainty of her doom, its terrors vanished. The chords of thought, vibrating to the subtlest emotions, may be changed by a single incident, or in a single hour; a sound of sacred music, a green and quiet burial-place, may convert the form of death into... Long Stories - Post by : jackkapala - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 933

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 29. Ellfeld. Mayence. Heidelberg... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 29. Ellfeld. Mayence. Heidelberg...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 29. Ellfeld. Mayence. Heidelberg...
CHAPTER XXIX. ELLFELD.--MAYENCE.--HEIDELBERG.--A CONVERSATION BETWEEN VANE AND THE GERMAN STUDENT.--THE RUINS OF THE CASTLE OF HEIDELBERG AND ITS SOLITARY HABITANT. IT was now the full noon; light clouds were bearing up towards the opposite banks of the Rhine, but over the Gothic towers of Ellfeld the sky spread blue and clear; the river danced beside the old gray walls with a sunny wave, and close at hand a vessel crowded with passengers, and loud with eager voices, gave a merry life to the scene. On the opposite bank the hills sloped away into the far horizon, and one slight skiff in... Long Stories - Post by : jackkapala - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 3189

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 28. The Voyage To Bingen... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 28. The Voyage To Bingen...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 28. The Voyage To Bingen...
CHAPTER XXVIII. THE VOYAGE TO BINGEN.--THE SIMPLE INCIDENTS IN THIS TALE EXCUSED.--THE SITUATION AND CHARACTER OF GERTRUDE.--THE CONVERSATION OF THE LOVERS IN THE TEMPEST.--A FACT CONTRADICTED.--THOUGHTS OCCASIONED BY A MADHOUSE AMONGST THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES OF THE RHINE. THE next day they again resumed their voyage, and Gertrude's spirits were more cheerful than usual. The air seemed to her lighter, and she breathed with a less painful effort; once more hope entered the breast of Trevylyan; and, as the vessel bounded on, their conversation was steeped in no sombre hues. When Gertrude's health permitted, no temper was so gay, yet so... Long Stories - Post by : jackkapala - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 654

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 27. Thurmberg... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 27. Thurmberg...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 27. Thurmberg...
CHAPTER XXVII. THURMBERG.--A STORM UPON THE RHINE.--THE RUINS OF RHEINFELS.--PERIL UNFELT BY LOVE.--THE ECHO OF THE LURLEI-BERG.--ST. GOAR.--KAUB, GUTENFELS, AND PFALZGRAFENSTEIN.--A CERTAIN VASTNESS OF MIND IN THE FIRST HERMITS.--THE SCENERY OF THE RHINE TO BACHARACH. OUR party continued their voyage the next day, which was less bright than any they had yet experienced. The clouds swept on dull and heavy, suffering the sun only to break forth at scattered intervals. They wound round the curving bay which the Rhine forms in that part of its course, and gazed upon the ruins of Thurmberg, with the rich gardens that skirt the banks... Long Stories - Post by : jackkapala - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 3232

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 26. In Which The Reader Will Learn How The Fairies... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 26. In Which The Reader Will Learn How The Fairies...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 26. In Which The Reader Will Learn How The Fairies...
CHAPTER XXVI. IN WHICH THE READER WILL LEARN HOW THE FAIRIES WERE RECEIVED BY THE SOVEREIGNS OF THE MINES.--THE COMPLAINT OF THE LAST OF THE FAUNS.--THE RED HUNTSMAN.--THE STORM.--DEATH. IN the deep valley of Ehrenthal, the metal kings--the Prince of the Silver Palaces, the Gnome Monarch of the dull Lead Mine, the President of the Copper United States--held a court to receive the fairy wanderers from the island of Nonnewerth. The prince was there, in a gallant hunting-suit of oak leaves, in honour to England; and wore a profusion of fairy orders, which had been instituted from time to time, in... Long Stories - Post by : jackkapala - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 2779

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 25. The Immortality Of The Soul... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 25. The Immortality Of The Soul...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 25. The Immortality Of The Soul...
CHAPTER XXV. THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL.--A COMMON INCIDENT NOT BEFORE DESCRIBED.--TREVYLYAN AND GERTRUDE. THE day now grew cool as it waned to its decline, and the breeze came sharp upon the delicate frame of the sufferer. They resolved to proceed no farther; and as they carried with them attendants and baggage, which rendered their route almost independent of the ordinary accommodation, they steered for the opposite shore, and landed at a village beautifully sequestered in a valley, and where they fortunately obtained a lodging not often met with in the regions of the picturesque. When Gertrude, at an early hour,... Long Stories - Post by : jackkapala - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 1413

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 24. The Brothers The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 24. The Brothers

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 24. The Brothers
CHAPTER XXIV. THE BROTHERSTHE banks of the Rhine now shelved away into sweeping plains, and on their right rose the once imperial city of Boppart. In no journey of similar length do you meet with such striking instances of the mutability and shifts of power. To find, as in the Memphian Egypt, a city sunk into a heap of desolate ruins; the hum, the roar, the mart of nations, hushed into the silence of ancestral tombs, is less humbling to our human vanity than to mark, as along the Rhine, the kingly city dwindled into the humble town or the dreary... Long Stories - Post by : jackkapala - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 907

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 23. The Life Of Dreams The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 23. The Life Of Dreams

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 23. The Life Of Dreams
CHAPTER XXIII. THE LIFE OF DREAMS"I WAS born," said he, "with many of the sentiments of the poet, but without the language to express them; my feelings were constantly chilled by the intercourse of the actual world. My family, mere Germans, dull and unimpassioned, had nothing in common with me; nor did I out of my family find those with whom I could better sympathize. I was revolted by friendships,--for they were susceptible to every change; I was disappointed in love,--for the truth never approached to my ideal. Nursed early in the lap of Romance, enamoured of the wild and the... Long Stories - Post by : ron2316 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 1040

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 19. The Fallen Star; Or The History Of A False Religion The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 19. The Fallen Star; Or The History Of A False Religion

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 19. The Fallen Star; Or The History Of A False Religion
CHAPTER XIX. THE FALLEN STAR; OR THE HISTORY OF A FALSE RELIGIONAND the STARS sat, each on his ruby throne, and watched with sleepless eyes upon the world. It was the night ushering in the new year, a night on which every star receives from the archangel that then visits the universal galaxy its peculiar charge. The destinies of men and empires are then portioned forth for the coming year, and, unconsciously to ourselves, our fates become minioned to the stars. A hushed and solemn night is that in which the dark gates of time open to receive the ghost of... Long Stories - Post by : ron2316 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 998

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 18. Coblentz... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 18. Coblentz...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 18. Coblentz...
CHAPTER XVIII. COBLENTZ...COBLENTZ.--EXCURSION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF TAUNUS; ROMAN TOWER IN THE VALLEY OF EHRENBREITSTEIN.--TRAVEL, ITS PLEASURES ESTIMATED DIFFERENTLY BY THE YOUNG AND THE OLD.--THE STUDENT OF HEIDELBERG; HIS CRITICISMS ON GERMAN LITERATURE. GERTRUDE had, indeed, apparently rallied during their stay at Coblentz; and a French physician established in the town (who adopted a peculiar treatment for consumption, which had been attended with no ordinary success) gave her father and Trevylyan a sanguine assurance of her ultimate recovery. The time they passed within the white walls of Coblentz was, therefore, the happiest and most cheerful part of their pilgrimage. They visited... Long Stories - Post by : ron2316 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 683

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 17. Letter From Trevylyan To -----. The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 17. Letter From Trevylyan To -----.

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 17. Letter From Trevylyan To -----.
CHAPTER XVII. LETTER FROM TREVYLYAN TO -----. COBLENTZ. I AM obliged to you, my dear friend, for your letter; which, indeed, I have not, in the course of our rapid journey, had the leisure, perhaps the heart, to answer before. But we are staying in this town for some days, and I write now in the early morning, ere any one else in our hotel is awake. Do not tell me of adventure, of politics, of intrigues; my nature is altered. I threw down your letter, animated and brilliant as it was, with a sick and revolted heart. But I am... Long Stories - Post by : ron2316 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 2206

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 16. Gertrude.--The Excursion To Hammerstein.--Thoughts The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 16. Gertrude.--The Excursion To Hammerstein.--Thoughts

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 16. Gertrude.--The Excursion To Hammerstein.--Thoughts
CHAPTER XVI. GERTRUDE.--THE EXCURSION TO HAMMERSTEIN.--THOUGHTSTHE next day they visited the environs of Brohl. Gertrude was unusually silent; for her temper, naturally sunny and enthusiastic, was accustomed to light up everything she saw. Ah, once how bounding was that step! how undulating the young graces of that form! how playfully once danced the ringlets on that laughing cheek! But she clung to Trevylyan's proud form with a yet more endearing tenderness than was her wont, and hung yet more eagerly on his words; her hand sought his, and she often pressed it to her lips, and sighed as she did so.... Long Stories - Post by : ron2316 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 1595

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 15. The Banks Of The Rhine... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 15. The Banks Of The Rhine...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 15. The Banks Of The Rhine...
CHAPTER XV. THE BANKS OF THE RHINE.--FROM THE DRACHENFELS TO BROHL.--AN INCIDENT THAT SUFFICES IN THIS TALE FOR AN EPOCH. FROM the Drachenfels commences the true glory of the Rhine; and once more Gertrude's eyes conquered the languor that crept gradually over them as she gazed on the banks around. Fair blew the breeze, and freshly curled the waters; and Gertrude did not feel the vulture that had fixed its talons within her breast. The Rhine widens, like a broad lake, between the Drachenfels and Unkel; villages are scattered over the extended plain on the left; on the right is the... Long Stories - Post by : ron2316 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 3354

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 14. The Fairy's Cave, And The Fairy's Wish The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 14. The Fairy's Cave, And The Fairy's Wish

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 14. The Fairy's Cave, And The Fairy's Wish
CHAPTER XIV. THE FAIRY'S CAVE, AND THE FAIRY'S WISHIT was evening; and the fairies were dancing beneath the twilight star. "And why art thou sad, my violet?" said the prince; "for thine eyes seek the ground!" "Now that I have found thee," answered the queen, "and now that I feel what happy love is to a fairy, I sigh over that love which I have lately witnessed among mortals, but the bud of whose happiness already conceals the worm. For well didst thou say, my prince, that we are linked with a mysterious affinity to mankind, and whatever is pure and... Long Stories - Post by : ron2316 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 3054

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 13. The Tomb Of A Father Of Many Children The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 13. The Tomb Of A Father Of Many Children

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 13. The Tomb Of A Father Of Many Children
CHAPTER XIII. THE TOMB OF A FATHER OF MANY CHILDRENTHE feast being now ended, as well as the story, the fairies wound their way homeward by a different path, till at length a red steady light glowed through the long basaltic arches upon them, like the Demon Hunters' fires in the Forest of Pines. The prince sobered in his pace. "You approach," said he, in a grave tone, "the greatest of our temples; you will witness the tomb of a mighty founder of our race!" An awe crept over the queen, in spite of herself. Tracking the fires in silence, they... Long Stories - Post by : ron2316 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 816

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 9. The Scenery Of The Rhine... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 9. The Scenery Of The Rhine...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 9. The Scenery Of The Rhine...
CHAPTER IX. THE SCENERY OF THE RHINE ANALOGOUS TO THE GERMAN LITERARY GENIUS.--THE DRACHENFELSON leaving Cologne, the stream winds round among banks that do not yet fulfil the promise of the Rhine; but they increase in interest as you leave Surdt and Godorf. The peculiar character of the river does not, however, really appear, until by degrees the Seven Mountains, and "THE CASTLED CRAG OF DRACHENFELS" above them all, break upon the eye. Around Nieder Cassel and Rheidt the vines lie thick and clustering; and, by the shore, you see from place to place the islands stretching their green length along,... Long Stories - Post by : BizOpKing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 3193

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 8. The Soul In Purgatory; Or Love Stronger Than Death The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 8. The Soul In Purgatory; Or Love Stronger Than Death

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 8. The Soul In Purgatory; Or Love Stronger Than Death
CHAPTER VIII. THE SOUL IN PURGATORY; OR LOVE STRONGER THAN DEATHTHE angels strung their harps in heaven, and their music went up like a stream of odours to the pavilions of the Most High; but the harp of Seralim was sweeter than that of his fellows, and the Voice of the Invisible One (for the angels themselves know not the glories of Jehovah--only far in the depths of heaven they see one Unsleeping Eye watching forever over Creation) was heard saying,-- "Ask a gift for the love that burns in thy song, and it shall be given thee." And Seralim answered,--... Long Stories - Post by : BizOpKing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 2451

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 7. Cologne.--The Traces Of The Roman Yoke The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 7. Cologne.--The Traces Of The Roman Yoke

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 7. Cologne.--The Traces Of The Roman Yoke
CHAPTER VII. COLOGNE.--THE TRACES OF THE ROMAN YOKE.--THE CHURCH OF ST. MARIA.--TREVYLYAN'S REFLECTIONS ON THE MONASTIC LIFE.--THE TOMB OF THE THREE KINGS.--AN EVENING EXCURSION ON THE RHINE. ROME--magnificent Rome! wherever the pilgrim wends, the traces of thy dominion greet his eyes. Still in the heart of the bold German race is graven the print of the eagle's claws; and amidst the haunted regions of the Rhine we pause to wonder at the great monuments of the Italian yoke. At Cologne our travellers rested for some days. They were in the city to which the camp of Marcus Agrippa had given birth;... Long Stories - Post by : BizOpKing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 2470

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 6. Gorcum.--The Tour Of The Virtues: A Philosopher's Tale The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 6. Gorcum.--The Tour Of The Virtues: A Philosopher's Tale

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 6. Gorcum.--The Tour Of The Virtues: A Philosopher's Tale
CHAPTER VI. GORCUM.--THE TOUR OF THE VIRTUES: A PHILOSOPHER'S TALE.IT was a bright and cheery morning as they glided by Gorcum. The boats pulling to the shore full of fishermen and peasants in their national costume; the breeze freshly rippling the waters; the lightness of the blue sky; the loud and laughing voices from the boats,--all contributed to raise the spirit, and fill it with that indescribable gladness which is the physical sense of life. The tower of the church, with its long windows and its round dial, rose against the clear sky; and on a bench under a green bush... Long Stories - Post by : BizOpKing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 2657

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 5. Rotterdam.--The Character Of The Dutch... The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 5. Rotterdam.--The Character Of The Dutch...

The Pilgrims Of The Rhine - Chapter 5. Rotterdam.--The Character Of The Dutch...
CHAPTER V. ROTTERDAM.--THE CHARACTER OF THE DUTCH.--THEIR RESEMBLANCE TO THE GERMANS.--A DISPUTE BETWEEN VANE AND TREVYLYAN, AFTER THE MANNER OF THE ANCIENT NOVELISTS, AS TO WHICH IS PREFERABLE, THE LIFE OF ACTION OR THE LIFE OF REPOSE.--TREVYLYAN'S CONTRAST BETWEEN LITERARY AMBITION AND THE AMBITION OF PUBLIC LIFE. OUR travellers arrived at Rotterdam on a bright and sunny day. There is a cheerfulness about the operations of Commerce,--a life, a bustle, an action which always exhilarate the spirits at the first glance. Afterwards they fatigue us; we get too soon behind the scenes, and find the base and troublous passions which move... Long Stories - Post by : BizOpKing - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bulwer-lytton - Read : 2721