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Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 50. The Moment That Did Not Count Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 50. The Moment That Did Not Count

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 50. The Moment That Did Not Count
And that is really all the story save for the moment Jurgen paused on his way home. For Koshchei (if it, indeed, was Koshchei) had quitted Jurgen just as they approached Bellegarde: and as the pawnbroker walked on alone in the pleasant April evening one called to him from the terrace. Even in the dusk he knew this was the Countess Dorothy. "May I speak with you a moment?" says she. "Very willingly, madame." And Jurgen ascended from the highway to the terrace. "I thought it would be near your supper hour. So I was waiting here until you passed. You... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 1711

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 49. Of the Compromise with Koshchei Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 49. Of the Compromise with Koshchei

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 49. Of the Compromise with Koshchei
"Phew!" said Koshchei, in the ensuing silence: "you had better stay overnight, in any event. I really think, friend, you will be more comfortable, just now at least, in this quiet cave." But Jurgen had taken up his hat. "No, I dare say I, too, had better be going," says Jurgen. "I thank you very heartily for your intended kindness, sir, still I do not know but it is better as it is. And is there anything"--Jurgen coughed delicately--"and is there anything to pay, sir?" "Oh, just a trifle, first of all, for a year's maintenance of Dame Lisa. You see,... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 1912

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 48. Candid Opinions of Dame Lisa Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 48. Candid Opinions of Dame Lisa

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 48. Candid Opinions of Dame Lisa
"Eh, sirs!" observes Koshchei the Deathless, "but some of us are certainly hard to please." And now Jurgen was already intent to shrug off his display of emotion. "In selecting a wife, sir," submitted Jurgen, "there are all sorts of matters to be considered--" Then bewilderment smote him. For it occurred to Jurgen that his previous commerce with these three women was patently unknown to Koshchei. Why, Koshchei, who made all things as they are--Koshchei, no less--was now doing for Jurgen Koshchei's utmost: and that utmost amounted to getting for Jurgen what Jurgen had once, with the aid of youth and... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 1022

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 47. The Vision of Helen Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 47. The Vision of Helen

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 47. The Vision of Helen
And for the third time Koshchei waved his hand. Now came to Jurgen a gold-haired woman, clothed all in white. She was tall, and lovely and tender to regard: and hers was not the red and white comeliness of many ladies that were famed for beauty, but rather it had the even glow of ivory. Her nose was large and high in the bridge, her flexible mouth was not of the smallest; and yet, whatever other persons might have said, to Jurgen this woman's countenance was in all things perfect. And, beholding her, Jurgen kneeled. He hid his face in her... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 1790

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 46. The Desire of Anaitis Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 46. The Desire of Anaitis

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 46. The Desire of Anaitis
And again Koshchei waved his hand. Then came to Jurgen a woman who was strangely gifted and perverse. Her dark eyes glittered: upon her head was a net-work of red coral, with branches radiating downward, and her tunic was of two colors, being shot with black and crimson curiously mingled. And Anaitis also had forgotten Jurgen, or else she did not recognize him in this man of forty and something: and again belief awoke in Jurgen's heart that this was the only woman whom Jurgen had really loved, as he listened to Anaitis and to her talk of marvelous things. Of... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 2388

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 45. The Faith of Guenevere Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 45. The Faith of Guenevere

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 45. The Faith of Guenevere
Very fair was this woman to look upon, with her shining gray eyes and small smiling lips, a fairer woman might no man boast of having seen. And she regarded Jurgen graciously, with her cheeks red and white, very lovely to observe. She was clothed in a robe of flame-colored silk, and about her neck was a collar of red gold. And she told him, quite as though she spoke with a stranger, that she was Queen Guenevere. "But Lancelot is turned monk, at Glastonbury: and Arthur is gone into Avalon," says she: "and I will be your wife if you... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 951

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 44. In the Manager's Office Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 44. In the Manager's Office

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 44. In the Manager's Office
The tale tells that all was dark there, and Jurgen could see no one. But the cave stretched straight forward, and downward, and at the far end was a glow of light. Jurgen went on and on, and so came to the place where Nessus had lain in wait for Jurgen. Again Jurgen stooped, and crawled through the opening in the cave's wall, and so came to where lamps were burning upon tall iron stands. Now, one by one, these lamps were going out, and there were now no women here: instead, Jurgen trod inch deep in fine white ashes, leaving... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 3019

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 40. The Ascension of Pope Jurgen Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 40. The Ascension of Pope Jurgen

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 40. The Ascension of Pope Jurgen
The tale tells how on the feast of the Annunciation Jurgen came to the high white walls which girdle Heaven. For Jurgen's forefathers had, of course, imagined that Hell stood directly contiguous to Heaven, so that the blessed could augment their felicity by gazing down upon the tortures of the damned. Now at this time a boy angel was looking over the parapet of Heaven's wall. "And a good day to you, my fine young fellow," says Jurgen. "But of what are you thinking so intently?" For just as Dives had done long years before, now Jurgen found that a man's... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 740

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 39. Of Compromises in Hell Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 39. Of Compromises in Hell

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 39. Of Compromises in Hell
Now Grandfather Satan's wife was called Phyllis: and apart from having wings like a bat's, she was the loveliest little slip of devilishness that Jurgen had seen in a long while. Jurgen spent this night at the Black House of Barathum, and two more nights, or it might be three nights: and the details of what Jurgen used to do there, after supper, when he would walk alone in the Black House Gardens, among the artfully colored cast-iron flowers and shrubbery, and would so come to the grated windows of Phyllis's room, and would stand there joking with her in the... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 3424

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 38. As to Applauded Precedents Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 38. As to Applauded Precedents

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 38. As to Applauded Precedents
Afterward Jurgen abode in Hell, and complied with the customs of that country. And the tale tells that a week or it might be ten days after his meeting with Florimel, Jurgen married her, without being at all hindered by his having three other wives. For the devils, he found, esteemed polygamy, and ranked it above mere skill at torturing the damned, through a literal interpretation of the saying that it is better to marry than to burn. "And formerly," they told Jurgen, "you could hardly come across a marriage anywhere that was not hallmarked 'made in Heaven': but since we... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 2941

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 37. Invention of the Lovely Vampire Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 37. Invention of the Lovely Vampire

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 37. Invention of the Lovely Vampire
So again Coth parted with his son in anger, and Jurgen returned again toward Barathum; and, whether or not it was a coincidence, Jurgen met precisely the vampire of whom he had inveigled his father into thinking. She was the most seductively beautiful creature that it would be possible for Jurgen's father or any other man to imagine: and her clothes were orange-colored, for a reason sufficiently well known in Hell, and were embroidered everywhere with green fig-leaves. "A good morning to you, madame," says Jurgen, "and whither are you going?" "Why, to no place at all, good youth. For this... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 2235

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 36. Why Coth was Contradicted Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 36. Why Coth was Contradicted

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 36. Why Coth was Contradicted
Then Jurgen went back to Chorasma Coth, the son of Smoit and Steinvor, stood conscientiously in the midst of the largest and hottest flame he had been able to imagine, and rebuked the outworn devils who were tormenting him, because the tortures they inflicted were not adequate to the wickedness of Coth. And Jurgen cried to his father: "The lewd fiend Cannagosta told you I was the Emperor of Noumaria, and I do not deny it even now. But do you not perceive I am likewise your son Jurgen?" "Why, so it is," said Coth, "now that I look at... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 1221

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 35. What Grandfather Satan Reported Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 35. What Grandfather Satan Reported

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 35. What Grandfather Satan Reported
Next the tale tells how three inferior devils made a loud music with bagpipes as Jurgen went into the Black House of Barathum, to talk with Grandfather Satan. Satan was like a man of sixty, or it might be sixty-two, in all things save that he was covered with gray fur, and had horns like those of a stag. He wore a breech-clout of very dark gray, and he sat in a chair of black marble, on a dais: his bushy tail, which was like that of a squirrel, waved restlessly over his head as he looked at Jurgen, without speaking,... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 1259

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 34. How Emperor Jurgen Fared Infernally Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 34. How Emperor Jurgen Fared Infernally

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 34. How Emperor Jurgen Fared Infernally
Now the tale tells how the devils of Hell were in one of their churches celebrating Christmas in such manner as the devils observe that day; and how Jurgen came through the trapdoor in the vestry-room; and how he saw and wondered over the creatures which inhabited this place. For to him after the Christmas services came all such devils as his fathers had foretold, and in not a hair or scale or talon did they differ from the worst that anybody had been able to imagine. "Anatomy is hereabouts even more inconsequent than in Cocaigne," was Jurgen's first reflection. But... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 2141

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 30. Economics of King Jurgen Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 30. Economics of King Jurgen

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 30. Economics of King Jurgen
Now Jurgen's curious dream put notions into the restless head of Jurgen. So mighty became his curiosity that he went shuddering into the abhorred Woods, and passed over Coalisnacoan (which is the Ferry of Dogs), and did all such detestable things as were necessary to placate Phobetor. Then Jurgen tricked Phobetor by an indescribable device in surprising use was made of a cheese and three beetles and a gimlet, and so cheated Phobetor out of a gray magic. And that night while Pseudopolis slept King Jurgen came down into this city of gold and ivory. Jurgen went with distaste among the... Long Stories - Post by : lauco - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 2788

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 29. Concerning Horvendile's Nonsense Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 29. Concerning Horvendile's Nonsense

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 29. Concerning Horvendile's Nonsense
It was on a bright and tranquil day in November, at the period which the People of the Field called the summer of Alcyone, that Jurgen went down from the forest; and after skirting the moats of Pseudopolis, and avoiding a meeting with any of the town's dispiritingly glorious inhabitants, Jurgen came to the seashore. Chloris had suggested his doing this, in order that she could have a chance to straighten things in his cabin while she was tidying her tree for the winter, and could so make one day's work serve for two. For the dryad of an oak-tree has... Long Stories - Post by : TopKat - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 3264

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 28. Of Compromises in Leuke Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 28. Of Compromises in Leuke

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 28. Of Compromises in Leuke
Now the tale tells that ten days later Jurgen and his Hamadryad were duly married, in consonance with the law of the Wood: not for a moment did Chloris consider any violation of the proprieties, so they were married the first evening she could assemble her kindred. "Still, Chloris, I already have two wives," says Jurgen, "and it is but fair to confess it." "I thought it was only yesterday you arrived in Leuke." "That is true: for I came with the Equinox, over the long sea." "Then Jugatinus has not had time to marry you to anybody, and certainly he... Long Stories - Post by : PhotoCreations - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 2041

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 27. Vexatious Estate of Queen Helen Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 27. Vexatious Estate of Queen Helen

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 27. Vexatious Estate of Queen Helen
"But how can I travel with the Equinox, with a fictitious thing, with a mere convention?" Jurgen had said. "To demand any such proceeding of me is preposterous." "Is it any more preposterous than to travel with an imaginary creature like a centaur?" they had retorted. "Why, Prince Jurgen, we wonder how you, who have done that perfectly unheard-of thing, can have the effrontery to call anything else preposterous! Is there no reason at all in you? Why, conventions are respectable, and that is a deal more than can be said for a great many centaurs. Would you be throwing stones... Long Stories - Post by : PhotoCreations - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 510

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 26. In Time's Hour-Glass Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 26. In Time's Hour-Glass

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 26. In Time's Hour-Glass
"Well, well!" said Jurgen, when he had taken off all that foolish ironmongery, and had made himself comfortable in his shirt; "well, beyond doubt, the situation is awkward. I was content enough in Cocaigne, and it is unfair that I should be thus ousted. Still, a sensible person will manage to be content anywhere. But whither, pray, am I expected to go?" "Into whatever land you may elect, my dear," said Anaitis, fondly. "That much at least I can manage for you: and the interpretation of your legend can be arranged afterward." "But I grow tired of all the countries I... Long Stories - Post by : perry.saevik - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 1066

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 25. Cantraps of the Master Philologist Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 25. Cantraps of the Master Philologist

Jurgen: A Comedy Of Justice - Chapter 25. Cantraps of the Master Philologist
But now, as has been recorded, it was September, and Jurgen could see that Anaitis too was worrying over something. She kept it from him as long as possible: first said it was nothing at all, then said he would know it soon enough, then wept a little over the possibility that he would probably be very glad to hear it, and eventually told him. For in becoming the consort of a nature myth connected with the Moon Jurgen had of course exposed himself to the danger of being converted into a solar legend by the Philologists, and in that event... Long Stories - Post by : perry.saevik - Date : May 2012 - Author : James Branch Cabell - Read : 2564