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The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 2 - Chapter 11 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 2 - Chapter 11

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 2 - Chapter 11
BOOK II CHAPTER XIThe story of Clotilde's departure from the city, like that of Alvan's, communicated to her by her maid, was an anticipation of the truth, disseminated by her parents. She was removed when the swarm of spies and secret letter-bearers were attaining a position of dignity through the rumour of legal gentlemen about to direct the movements of the besieging army. A stir seemed to her to prognosticate a rescue and she went not unwillingly. To be in motion, to see roadside faces, pricked her senses with some hope. She had gained the peace she needed, and in that... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 802

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 2 - Chapter 7 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 2 - Chapter 7

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 2 - Chapter 7
BOOK II CHAPTER VIIHe was down on the plains to her the second day, and as usual when they met, it was as if they had not parted; his animation made it seem so. He was like summer's morning sunlight, his warmth striking instantly through her blood dispersed any hesitating strangeness that sometimes gathers during absences, caused by girlish dread of a step to take, or shame at the step taken, when coldish gentlemen rather create these backflowings and gaps in the feelings. She had grown reconciled to the perturbation of his messages, and would have preferred to have him startling... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2914

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 6 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 6

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 6
BOOK I CHAPTER VIAlvan was at his writing-table doing stout gladiator's work on paper in a chamber of one of the gaunt hotels of the heights, which are Death's Heads there in Winter and have the tongues in Summer, when a Swiss lad entered with a round grin to tell him that a lady on horseback below had asked for him--Dr. Alvan. Who could the lady be? He thought of too many. The thought of Clotilde was dismissed in its dimness. Issuing and beholding her, his face became illuminated as by a stroke of sunlight. 'Clotilde! by all the holiest!' She... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3084

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 5 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 5

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 5
BOOK I CHAPTER VClotilde was of the order of the erring who should by rights have a short sermon to preface an exposure of them, administering the whip to her own sex and to ours, lest we scorn too much to take an interest in her. The exposure she had done for herself, and she has not had the art to frame her apology. The day after her meeting, with her eagle, Alvan, she saw Prince Marko. She was gentle to him, in anticipation of his grief; she could hardly be ungentle on account of his obsequious beauty, and when her... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2486

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 4 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 4

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 4
BOOK I CHAPTER IV'Hamlet in due season,' said he, as they sat together. 'I shall convince you.' She shook her head. 'Yes, yes, an opinion formed by a woman is inflexible; I know that: the fact is not half so stubborn. But at present there are two more important actors: we are not at Elsinore. You are aware that I hoped to meet you?' 'Is there a periodical advertisement of your hopes?--or do they come to us by intuition?' 'Kollin was right!--the ways of the serpent will be serpentine. I knew we must meet. It is no true day so long... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2751

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 3 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 3

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 3
BOOK I CHAPTER IIIHer hostess met her at the entrance of the rooms, murmuring that Alvan was present, and was there: a direction of a nod that any quick-witted damsel must pretend to think sufficient, so Clotilde slipped from her companion and gazed into the recess of a doorless inner room three gentlemen stood, backed by book cases, conversing in blue vapours of tobacco. They were indistinct; she could see that one of them was of good stature. One she knew; he was the master of the house, mildly Jewish. The third was distressingly branded with the slum and gutter... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2627

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 2 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 2

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 2
BOOK I CHAPTER II'Who is the man they call Alvan?' She put the question at the first opportunity to an aunt of hers. Up went five-fingered hands. This violent natural sign of horror was comforting: she saw that he was a celebrity indeed. 'Alvan! My dear Clotilde! What on earth can you want to know about a creature who is the worst of demagogues, a disreputable person, and a Jew!' Clotilde remarked that she had asked only who he was. 'Is he clever?' 'He is one of the basest of those wretches who are for upsetting the Throne and Society to... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 944

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 1 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 1

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 1 - Chapter 1
BOOK I CHAPTER IThe word 'fantastical' is accentuated in our tongue to so scornful an utterance that the constant good service it does would make it seem an appointed instrument for reviewers of books of imaginative matter distasteful to those expository pens. Upon examination, claimants to the epithet will be found outside of books and of poets, in many quarters, Nature being one of the prominent, if not the foremost. Wherever she can get to drink her fill of sunlight she pushes forth fantastically. As for that wandering ship of the drunken pilot, the mutinous crew and the angry captain, called... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1740

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Dish Of Pomegranate Grain The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Dish Of Pomegranate Grain

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Dish Of Pomegranate Grain
Now, in the City of Shagpat, Kadza, spouse of Shagpat, she that had belaboured Shibli Bagarag, had a dream while these things were doing; and it was a dream of danger and portent to the glory of her eyes, Shagpat. So, at the hour when he was revealed to Shibli Bagarag, made luminous by the beams of Aklis, Kadza went to an inner chamber, and greased her hands and her eyelids, and drank of a phial, and commenced tugging at a brass ring fixed in the floor, and it yielded and displayed an opening, over which she stooped the upper half... Long Stories - Post by : jdj123 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2417

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Plot The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Plot

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Plot
Now, while Shibli Bagarag gazed on Shagpat kindled by the beams of Aklis, lo, the Genii Karavejis and Veejravoosh circling each other in swift circles like two sapphire rings toward him, and they whirled to a point above his head, and fell and prostrated themselves at his feet: so he cried, 'O ye slaves of the Sword, my servitors! how of the whereabout of Karaz?' They answered, 'O Master of the Event, we found him after many circlings far off, and 'twas by the borders of the Putrid Sea. We came not close on him, for he is stronger than we... Long Stories - Post by : jdj123 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1049

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Revival The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Revival

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Revival
Now, the feathers of Koorookh in his flight were ruffled by a chill breeze, and they were speeding through a light glow of cold rose-colour. Then said Noorna, ''Tis the messenger of morning, the blush. Oh, what changes will date from this day!' The glow of rose became golden, and they beheld underneath them, on one side, the rim of the rising red sun, and rays streaming over the earth and its waters. And Noorna said, 'I must warn Feshnavat, my father, and prepare him for our coming.' So she plucked a feather from Koorookh and laid the quill downward, letting... Long Stories - Post by : jdj123 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3316

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Bosom Of Noorna The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Bosom Of Noorna

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Bosom Of Noorna
Now, while a thousand sparks of fire were bursting on the sight of the two divers, and they speeded heels uppermost to the destiny marked out for them by the premeditations of the All-Wise, lo! Noorna was on the mountain in outer Aklis with Koorookh, waiting for the appearance of her betrothed, Sword in hand. She saw beams from the blazing eye of Aklis, and knew by the redness of it that one, a mortal, was peering on the earth and certain of created things. So she waited awhile in patience for the return of her betrothed, with the head of... Long Stories - Post by : simonpayn - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3483

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Veiled Figure The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Veiled Figure

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Veiled Figure
Verily there was lightning in Aklis as Shibli Bagarag flashed the Sword over the clamouring beasts: the shape of the great palace stood forth vividly, and a wide illumination struck up the streams, and gilded the large hanging leaves, and drew the hills glimmeringly together, and scattered fires on the flat faces of the rocks. Then the seven youths said quickly, 'Away! out of Aklis, O Master of the Event! from city to city of earth this light is visible, and men will know that Fate is in travail, and an Event preparing for them, and Shagpat will be warned by... Long Stories - Post by : simonpayn - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3446

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Koorookh The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Koorookh

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Koorookh
Now, they sped from the Cave of Chrysolites by another passage than that by which they entered it, and nothing but the light of the Sword to guide them. By that light Shibli Bagarag could distinguish glimmering shapes, silent and statue-like, to the right and the left of them, their visages hidden in a veil of heavy webs; and he saw what seemed in the dusk broad halls, halls of council, and again black pools and black groves, and columns of crowded porticoes,--all signs of an underground kingdom. They came to some steps and mounted these severally, coming to a platform,... Long Stories - Post by : simonpayn - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2903

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Sword Of Aklis The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Sword Of Aklis

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Sword Of Aklis
Now, when they had made the passage of many halls, built of different woods, filled with divers wonders, they descended a sloping vault, and came to a narrow way in the earth, hung with black, at the end of it a stedfast blaze like a sun, that grew larger as they advanced, and they heard the sea above them. The noise of it, and its plunging and weltering and its pitilessness, struck on the heart of Shibli Bagarag as with a blow, and he cried, 'Haste, haste, O Princess! perchance she is even now calling to me with her tongue, and... Long Stories - Post by : simonpayn - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2081

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Story Of Noorna Bin Noorka, The Genie Karaz, And The Princess Of Oolb The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Story Of Noorna Bin Noorka, The Genie Karaz, And The Princess Of Oolb

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Story Of Noorna Bin Noorka, The Genie Karaz, And The Princess Of Oolb
Know, that when I was a babe, I lay on my mother's bosom in the wilderness, and it was the bosom of death. Surely, I slept and smiled, and dreamed the infant's dream, and knew not the coldness of the thing I touched. So were we even as two dead creatures lying there; but life was in me, and I awoke with hunger at the time of feeding, and turned to my mother, and put up my little mouth to her for nourishment, and sucked her, but nothing came. I cried, and commenced chiding her, and after a while it was... Long Stories - Post by : judew - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3504

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Lily Of The Enchanted Sea The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Lily Of The Enchanted Sea

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Lily Of The Enchanted Sea
Now, after the cockle-shell had skimmed calmly awhile, it began to pitch and grew unquiet, and came upon a surging foam, pale, and with scintillating bubbles. The surges increased in volume, and boiled, hissing as with anger, like savage animals. Presently, the cockle-shell rose upon one very lofty swell, and Shibli Bagarag lost hold of it, and lo! it was overturned and engulfed in the descent of the great mountain of water, and the Princess Goorelka was immersed in the depths. She would have sunk, but Shibli Bagarag caught hold of her, and supported her to the shore by the strength... Long Stories - Post by : Merry_V - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2673

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Goorelka Of Oolb The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Goorelka Of Oolb

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - Goorelka Of Oolb
When Shibli Bagarag had finished his narration of the case of Roomdroom the barber, the King of Oolb said, 'O thou, native of Shiraz, there is persuasion and sweetness and fascination on thy tongue, and I am touched with compassion for the soles of Baba Mustapha, that I bastinadoed but yesterday, and he was from Shiraz likewise.' Now, the heart of Shibli Bagarag leapt when he heard mention of Baba Mustapha; and he knew him for his uncle that was searching him. He would have cried aloud his relationship, but the hawk whispered in his ear. Then the hawk said to... Long Stories - Post by : Merry_V - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1854

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Talking Hawk The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Talking Hawk

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Talking Hawk
Now, when he awoke he found himself alone in that place, the moon shining over the low meadows and flower-cups fair with night-dew. Odours of night-flowers were abroad, filling the cool air with deliciousness, and he heard in the gardens below songs of the bulbul: it was like a dream to his soul, and he lay somewhile contemplating the rich loveliness of the scene, that showed no moving thing. Then rose he and bethought him of the words of Noorna, and of the City of Oolb, and the phial of the waters of Paravid in his vest; and he drew it... Long Stories - Post by : Merry_V - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2277

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Horse Garraveen The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Horse Garraveen

The Shaving Of Shagpat; An Arabian Entertainment - The Horse Garraveen
Now, they descended leisurely the slopes of the mountain, and when they were again in the green of its base, Noorna called to the Ass, 'Ho! Karaz! Sniff now the breezes, for the end of our journey by night is the meadows of Melistan. Forward in thy might, and bray not when we are in them, for thy comfort's sake!' The Ass sniffed, turning to the four quarters, and chose a certain direction, and bore them swiftly over hills and streams eddying in silver; over huge mounds of sand the tents of Bedouins stood in white clusters; over lakes smooth... Long Stories - Post by : Merry_V - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2566