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The Ghost Kings - Chapter 24. The End And The Beginning The Ghost Kings - Chapter 24. The End And The Beginning

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 24. The End And The Beginning
CHAPTER XXIV. THE END AND THE BEGINNINGOn the day following that when she had summoned Eddo to speak with her, Nya sat at the mouth of the cave. It was late afternoon, and already the shadows gathered so quickly that save for her white hair, her little childlike shape, withered now almost to a skeleton, was scarcely visible against the black rock. Walking to and fro in her aimless fashion, as she would do for hours at a time, Rachel accompanied by Noie passed and repassed her, till at length the old woman lifted her head and listened to something which... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 3377

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 23. The Dream In The North The Ghost Kings - Chapter 23. The Dream In The North

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 23. The Dream In The North
CHAPTER XXIII. THE DREAM IN THE NORTHRichard Darrien remembered drinking a bowl of milk in the hut in which he was imprisoned at Mafooti, and instantly feeling a cold chill run to his heart and brain, after which he remembered no more for many a day. At length, however, by slow degrees, and with sundry slips back into unconsciousness, life and some share of his reason and memory returned to him. He awoke to find himself lying in a hut roughly fashioned of branches, and attended by a Kaffir woman of middle age."Who are you?" he asked."I am named Mami," she... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 2951

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 22. In The Sanctuary The Ghost Kings - Chapter 22. In The Sanctuary

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 22. In The Sanctuary
CHAPTER XXII. IN THE SANCTUARYNya ceased her singing, and the dwarf women their beating on the drums."Hast thou been a journey, Maiden?" she asked, looking at Rachel curiously."Aye, Mother," she answered in a faint voice, "and a journey far and strange.""And thou, Noie, my niece?""Aye, Mother," she answered, shivering as though with cold or fear, "but I went not with my Sister here, I went alone--for years and years.""A far journey thou sayest, Inkosazana, and one that was for years and years, thou sayest, Noie, yet the eyes of both of you have been shut for so long only as it... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 2760

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 21. The City Of The Dead The Ghost Kings - Chapter 21. The City Of The Dead

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 21. The City Of The Dead
CHAPTER XXI. THE CITY OF THE DEADNya led the way down the cave, followed by Rachel and Noie. Squatted in its entrance, so as to be out of reach of the rays of the sun, sat Eddo, looking like a malevolent toad, and with him were Hana and some other priests. As Rachel approached they all rose and saluted, but to Nya and Noie they gave no salute. Only to Nya Eddo said:"Why art thou not within the Fence, old woman?" and he pointed with his chin towards the place of death above. "Thy tree is down, and all last night... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 2504

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 20. The Mother Of The Trees The Ghost Kings - Chapter 20. The Mother Of The Trees

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 20. The Mother Of The Trees
CHAPTER XX. THE MOTHER OF THE TREESWhen Eddo understood these words he lifted his head and stared at Rachel amazed."This is thy doing, Bastard," he said savagely, addressing Noie, who had translated them. "I have felt thee fighting against me for long, and now thou causest this Inkosazana to defy me. It was thou who didst work upon that old woman, thine aunt, to command that the white witch should be brought hither, and because as yet I dared not disobey, I made a terrible journey to bring her. Yes, and I did this gladly, for when my eyes fell upon... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 2763

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 19. Rachel Finds Her Spirit The Ghost Kings - Chapter 19. Rachel Finds Her Spirit

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 19. Rachel Finds Her Spirit
CHAPTER XIX. RACHEL FINDS HER SPIRITNorthward, ever northward, journeyed Rachel with the Ghost-priests; for days and weeks they journeyed, slowly, and for the most part at night, since these people dreaded the glare of the sun. Sometimes she was borne along in a litter with Noie upon the shoulders of the huge slaves, but more often she walked between the litters in the midst of a guard of soldiers, for now she was so strong that she never seemed to weary, nor even in the fever swamps where many fell ill, did any sickness touch her. Also this labour of the... Long Stories - Post by : mrtwist - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 3533

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 18. The Curse Of The Inkosazana The Ghost Kings - Chapter 18. The Curse Of The Inkosazana

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 18. The Curse Of The Inkosazana
CHAPTER XVIII. THE CURSE OF THE INKOSAZANAThat night the regiment and Rachel slept upon the bank of the river, and nothing happened save that lions carried off two soldiers, while two more who had been injured against the rocks, died. Also others fell sick. On the following morning food arrived in plenty from the neighbouring kraals, and with it some girls of high birth to attend upon the Inkosazana.But with these Rachel would have nothing to do, and when they came near to her only said:"Where is Noie, daughter of Seyapi? Lead me to Noie."So they began their march again, Rachel... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 2821

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 17. Rachel Loses Her Spirit The Ghost Kings - Chapter 17. Rachel Loses Her Spirit

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 17. Rachel Loses Her Spirit
CHAPTER XVII. RACHEL LOSES HER SPIRITA little while later Mami entered, and said that she had been sent by Ibubesi to serve the Inkosazana as a messenger, should she need one. Rachel, seated on the bench, motioned to her to go into the hut and bide there, and she obeyed.Minute by minute the time ebbed away, and still Rachel sat motionless on the bench. Towards the end of the third hour someone unbolted and knocked at the door. Mami opened it and reported that Ibubesi stood without, and desired to know whether she had any word for him."None," answered Rachel, remembering... Long Stories - Post by : Ndoki - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 3428

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 16. The Three Days The Ghost Kings - Chapter 16. The Three Days

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 16. The Three Days
CHAPTER XVI. THE THREE DAYSHe was gone, his presence had ceased to poison the air, and, the long strain over, Rachel gave a gasp of relief. Then she sat down upon the bench and began to think. Her position, and that of Richard, was desperate; it seemed scarcely possible that they could escape with their lives, for if he died, she would die also--as to that she was quite determined. But at least they had three days, and who could say what would happen in three days? For instance, they might escape somehow, the Providence in which she believed might intervene,... Long Stories - Post by : vbhnl - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 2115

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 15. Rachel Comes Home The Ghost Kings - Chapter 15. Rachel Comes Home

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 15. Rachel Comes Home
CHAPTER XV. RACHEL COMES HOMEAs Rachel had travelled up from the Tugela to the Great Place, so she travelled back from the Great Place to the Tugela in state and dignity such as became a thing divine, perhaps the first white woman, moreover, who had ever entered Zululand. All day she rode alone, Tamboosa leading the white ox before her and Richard following behind, while in front and to the rear marched the serried ranks of the impi, her escort. At night, as before, she slept alone in the empty kraals provided for her, attended by the best-born maidens, Richard being... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 1613

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 14. What Chanced At Ramah The Ghost Kings - Chapter 14. What Chanced At Ramah

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 14. What Chanced At Ramah
CHAPTER XIV. WHAT CHANCED AT RAMAHThe news which reached Rachel that Ishmael had been ill after the rough handling of the captains in her presence, was true enough. For many days he was far too ill to travel, and when he recovered sufficiently to start he could only journey slowly to the Tugela.It will be remembered that she was told that he had escaped, as indeed he seemed to do, slipping off at night, but this escape of his was carefully arranged beforehand, nor did any attempt to re-capture him upon his way. When at length he came to the river... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 1095

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 13. Richard Comes The Ghost Kings - Chapter 13. Richard Comes

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 13. Richard Comes
CHAPTER XIII. RICHARD COMESAs the sun set Rachel rose and walked to her hut. She was utterly dazed, she could not understand. Was this but a fiction of an overwrought and disordered mind, or had she seen a vision of things passing, or that had passed, far away? If it were a dream, then this was but another drop in her cup of bitterness. If a true vision--oh! then what did it mean to her? It meant that Richard Darrien lived, Richard, of whom her heart had been full for years. It meant that his heart was full of her also,... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 978

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 12. Rachel Sees A Vision The Ghost Kings - Chapter 12. Rachel Sees A Vision

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 12. Rachel Sees A Vision
CHAPTER XII. RACHEL SEES A VISIONThat evening Ishmael was brought before the King. He was in evil case, for the captains, some of whom had grudges against him, when he tried to break away from them outside the gate, had beaten him with their spear shafts nearly all the way from the kraal to the Great Place, remarking that he fought and remonstrated, that the Inkosazana had forbidden them to kill him, but had said nothing as to giving him the flogging which he deserved. His clothes were torn, his hat and pipe were lost--indeed hours before Noie had thrown both... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 1693

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 11. Ishmael Visits The Inkosazana The Ghost Kings - Chapter 11. Ishmael Visits The Inkosazana

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 11. Ishmael Visits The Inkosazana
CHAPTER XI. ISHMAEL VISITS THE INKOSAZANAWhen at last they were in the hut and the door-board had been safely closed, Rachel took Noie in her arms and kissed her. But Noie did not kiss her back; she only pressed her hand against her forehead."Why do you not kiss me, Noie?" asked Rachel."How can I kiss you, Inkosazana," replied the girl humbly, "I who am but the dog at your feet, the dog whom twice it has pleased you to save from death.""Inkosazana!" exclaimed Rachel. "I weary of that name. I am but a woman like yourself, and I hate this part... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 1793

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 10. The Omen Of The Star The Ghost Kings - Chapter 10. The Omen Of The Star

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 10. The Omen Of The Star
CHAPTER X. THE OMEN OF THE STARAs it chanced and can easily be understood, Rachel could not have made a more effective entry into Zululand, or one more calculated to confirm her supernatural reputation. When the "wild beast" she rode plunged about she had remained seated on it as though she grew there as every warrior knew that he would have fallen off. When the bull charged her that bull had died, slain by the Heavens. When the Isanuzi, a witch of repute, had lifted voice and hand against her she had commanded her death, showing that she feared no rival... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 3056

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 9. The Taking Of Noie The Ghost Kings - Chapter 9. The Taking Of Noie

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 9. The Taking Of Noie
CHAPTER IX. THE TAKING OF NOIEPresently Mrs. Dove, who seemed to have quite recovered from, her curious seizure, went to bed."I don't like it, father," said Rachel when the door had closed behind her. "Of course it is contrary to experience and all that, but I believe that mother is fore-sighted.""Nonsense, dear, nonsense," said her father. "It is her Scotch superstition, that is all. We have been married for five-and-twenty years now, and I have heard this sort of thing again and again, but although we have lived in wild places where anything might happen to us, nothing out of the... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 1279

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 8. Mr. Dove Visits Ishmael The Ghost Kings - Chapter 8. Mr. Dove Visits Ishmael

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 8. Mr. Dove Visits Ishmael
CHAPTER VIII. MR. DOVE VISITS ISHMAELWhen Rachel and Noie reached the house, which they did not do for some time, as they waited to make sure that Ishmael had really gone, it was to see the man himself riding away from its gate."Be prepared," said Noie; "I think that he has been here before us to pour poison into your father's ears."So it proved to be, indeed, for on the stoep or verandah they found Mr. Dove walking up and down evidently much disturbed in mind."What is all this trouble, Rachel?" he asked. "What have you done to Mr. Smith"--for Mr.... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 639

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 7. The Message Of The King The Ghost Kings - Chapter 7. The Message Of The King

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 7. The Message Of The King
CHAPTER VII. THE MESSAGE OF THE KINGSo it chanced that Noie became a member of the Dove household. For obvious reasons she changed her name, and thenceforward was called Nonha. Also it happened that Mr. Dove abandoned his idea of settling as a missionary in Zululand, and instead, took up his residence at this beautiful spot. He called it Ramah because it was a place of weeping, for here all the family and dependents of Seyapi had been destroyed by the spear. Mrs. Dove thought it an ill-omened name enough, but after her manner gave way to her husband in the... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 3422

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 6. The Casting Of The Lots The Ghost Kings - Chapter 6. The Casting Of The Lots

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 6. The Casting Of The Lots
CHAPTER VI. THE CASTING OF THE LOTSThey reached the crest of the last rise, and there, facing them on the slope of the opposite wave of land, stood the waggon, surrounded by the thorn fence, within which the cattle and horses were still enclosed, doubtless for fear of the Zulus. Nothing could be more peaceful than the aspect of that camp. To look at it no one would have believed that within a few hundred yards a hideous massacre had just taken place. Presently, however, voices began to shout, and heads to bob up over the fence. Then it occurred to... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 3392

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 5. Noie The Ghost Kings - Chapter 5. Noie

The Ghost Kings - Chapter 5. Noie
CHAPTER V. NOIEThat a girl should set out alone to bathe through a country inhabited chiefly by wild beasts and a few wandering savages, sounds a somewhat dangerous form of amusement. So it was indeed, but Rachel cared nothing for such dangers, in fact she never even thought of them. Long ago she had discovered that the animals would not harm her if she did not harm them, except perhaps the rhinoceros, which is given to charging on sight, and that was large and could generally be discovered at a distance. As for elephants and lions, or even buffalo, her experience... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 1892