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Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter X Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter X

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter X
When the party--Balthasar, Simonides, Ben-Hur, Esther, and the twofaithful Galileans--reached the place of crucifixion, Ben-Hur wasin advance leading them. How they had been able to make way throughthe great press of excited people, he never knew; no more did he knowthe road by which they came or the time it took them to come. He hadwalked in total unconsciousness, neither hearing nor seeing anybodyor anything, and without a thought of where he was going, or theghostliest semblance of a purpose in his mind. In such conditiona little child could have done as much as he to prevent the awfulcrime he was... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2760

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter IX Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter IX

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter IX
Next morning, about the second hour, two men rode full speed tothe doors of Ben-Hur's tents, and dismounting, asked to see him.He was not yet risen, but gave directions for their admission."Peace to you, brethren," he said, for they were of his Galileans,and trusted officers. "Will you be seated?""Nay," the senior replied, bluntly, "to sit and be at ease isto let the Nazarene die. Rise, son of Judah, and go with us.The judgment has been given. The tree of the cross is alreadyat Golgotha."Ben-Hur stared at them."The cross!" was all he could for the moment say."They took him last night, and... Long Stories - Post by : tommy - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 595

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VIII Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VIII

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VIII
The streets were full of people going and coming, or grouped aboutthe fires roasting meat, and feasting and singing, and happy.The odor of scorching flesh mixed with the odor of cedar-woodaflame and smoking loaded the air; and as this was the occasionwhen every son of Israel was full brother to every other son ofIsrael, and hospitality was without bounds, Ben-Hur was salutedat every step, while the groups by the fires insisted, "Stay andpartake with us. We are brethren in the love of the Lord." But withthanks to them he hurried on, intending to take horse at the khanand return to the... Long Stories - Post by : homeamerica - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1004

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VII Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VII

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VII
When Ben-Hur left the guest-chamber, there was not nearly so muchlife in his action as when he entered it; his steps were slower,and he went along with his head quite upon his breast. Having madediscovery that a man with a broken back may yet have a sound brain,he was reflecting upon the discovery.Forasmuch as it is easy after a calamity has befallen to look backand see the proofs of its coming strewn along the way, the thoughtthat he had not even suspected the Egyptian as in Messala's interest,but had gone blindly on through whole years putting himself andhis friends more and... Long Stories - Post by : hpandw - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2632

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VI Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VI

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter VI
Ben-Hur alighted at the gate of the khan from which the threeWise Men more than thirty years before departed, going downto Bethlehem. There, in keeping of his Arab followers, he leftthe horse, and shortly after was at the wicket of his father'shouse, and in a yet briefer space in the great chamber. He calledfor Malluch first; that worthy being out, he sent a salutation tohis friends the merchant and the Egyptian. They were being carriedabroad to see the celebration. The latter, he was informed, was veryfeeble, and in a state of deep dejection.Young people of that time who were supposed hardly... Long Stories - Post by : wonder - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1779

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter V Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter V

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter V
Ben-Hur pitched two tents out on the Upper Cedron east a short spaceof the Tombs of the Kings, and furnished them with every comfortat his command; and thither, without loss of time, he conductedhis mother and sister, to remain until the examining priest couldcertify their perfect cleansing.In course of the duty, the young man had subjected himself tosuch serious defilement as to debar him from participation inthe ceremonies of the great feast, then near at hand. He could notenter the least sacred of the courts of the Temple. Of necessity,not less than choice, therefore, he stayed at the tents with hisbeloved... Long Stories - Post by : Dewayne - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1813

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter IV Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter IV

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter IV
During the third hour the road in front of the resting-place ofthe lepers became gradually more and more frequented by peoplegoing in the direction of Bethphage and Bethany; now, however,about the commencement of the fourth hour, a great crowd appearedover the crest of Olivet, and as it defiled down the road thousandsin number, the two watchers noticed with wonder that every onein it carried a palm-branch freshly cut. As they sat absorbedby the novelty, the noise of another multitude approaching fromthe east drew their eyes that way. Then the mother awoke Tirzah."What is the meaning of it all?" the latter asked."He... Long Stories - Post by : Shawn_W. - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1392

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter III Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter III

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter III
The first person to go out of the city upon the opening of theSheep's Gate next morning was Amrah, basket on arm. No questionswere asked her by the keepers, since the morning itself had notbeen more regular in coming than she; they knew her somebody'sfaithful servant, and that was enough for them.Down the eastern valley she took her way. The side of Olivet,darkly green, was spotted with white tents recently put up bypeople attending the feasts; the hour, however, was too earlyfor the strangers to be abroad; still, had it not been so, noone would have troubled her. Past Gethsemane; past... Long Stories - Post by : Toddq29 - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2177

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter II Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter II

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter II
An hour or thereabouts after the scene upon the roof, Balthasar andSimonides, the latter attended by Esther, met in the great chamberof the palace; and while they were talking, Ben-Hur and Iras camein together.The young Jew, advancing in front of his companion, walked firstto Balthasar, and saluted him, and received his reply; then heturned to Simonides, but paused at sight of Esther.It is not often we have hearts roomy enough for more than one ofthe absorbing passions at the same time; in its blaze the othersmay continue to live, but only as lesser lights. So with Ben-Hur,much study of possibilities, indulgence... Long Stories - Post by : jeffk - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1717

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter I Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter I

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VIII - Chapter I
BOOK EIGHTH"Who could resist? Who in this universe?She did so breathe ambrosia, so immerseMy fine existence in a golden clime.She took me like a child of suckling-time,And cradled me in roses. Thus condemn'd,The current of my former life was stemm'd,And to this arbitrary queen of senseI bow'd a tranced vassal."--KEATS, Endymion."I am the resurrection and the life."CHAPTER I"Esther--Esther! Speak to the servant below that he may bring mea cup of water.""Would you not rather have wine, father?""Let him bring both."This was in the summer-house upon the roof of the old palace of theHurs in Jerusalem. From the parapet overlooking the court-yard... Long Stories - Post by : Toddq29 - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 581

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter V Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter V

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter V
The third day of the journey the party nooned by the river Jabbok,where there were a hundred or more men, mostly of Peraea, restingthemselves and their beasts. Hardly had they dismounted, before aman came to them with a pitcher of water and a bowl, and offered themdrink; as they received the attention with much courtesy, he said,looking at the camel, "I am returning from the Jordan justnow there are many people from distant parts, travelling as youare, illustrious friend; but they had none of them the equal ofyour servant here. A very noble animal. May I ask of what breedhe... Long Stories - Post by : sullc - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 3274

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter IV Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter IV

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter IV
The caravan, stretched out upon the Desert, was very picturesque;in motion, however, it was like a lazy serpent. By-and-by itsstubborn dragging became intolerably irksome to Balthasar,patient as he was; so, at his suggestion, the party determinedto go on by themselves.If the reader be young, or if he has yet a sympathetic recollectionof the romanticisms of his youth, he will relish the pleasure withwhich Ben-Hur, riding near the camel of the Egyptians, gave a lastlook at the head of the straggling column almost out of sight onthe shimmering plain.To be definite as may be, and perfectly confidential, Ben-Hur founda certain charm in... Long Stories - Post by : JohnG - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 3270

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter III Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter III

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter III
The tent was cosily pitched beneath a tree where the gurgle of thestream was constantly in ear. Overhead the broad leaves hung motionlesson their stems; the delicate reed-stalks off in the pearly haze stood uparrowy-straight; occasionally a home-returning bee shot humming athwartthe shade, and a partridge creeping from the sedge drank, whistled tohis mate, and ran away. The restfulness of the vale, the freshness ofthe air, the garden beauty, the Sabbath stillness, seemed to haveaffected the spirits of the elder Egyptian; his voice, gestures,and whole manner were unusually gentle; and often as he bent hiseyes upon Ben-Hur conversing with Iras, they... Long Stories - Post by : dmkapke - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 903

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter II Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter II

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter II
It was Ben-Hur's purpose to turn aside at the break of day, and finda safe place in which to rest; but the dawn overtook him while outin the Desert, and he kept on, the guide promising to bring himafterwhile to a vale shut in by great rocks there were aspring, some mulberry-trees, and herbage in plenty for the horses.As he rode thinking of the wondrous events so soon to happen,and of the changes they were to bring about in the affairs ofmen and nations, the guide, ever on the alert, called attentionto an appearance of strangers behind them. Everywhere aroundthe... Long Stories - Post by : afterburners - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2691

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter I Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter I

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VII - Chapter I
BOOK SEVENTH"And, waking, I beheld her thereSea-dreaming in the moted air,A siren lithe and debonair,With wristlets woven of scarlet weeds,And oblong lucent amber beadsOf sea-kelp shining in her hair."THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH.CHAPTER IThe meeting took place in the khan of Bethany as appointed.Thence Ben-Hur went with the Galileans into their country,where his exploits up in the old Market-place gave him fame andinfluence. Before the winter was gone he raised three legions,and organized them after the Roman pattern. He could have hadas many more, for the martial spirit of that gallant peoplenever slept. The proceeding, however, required careful guardingas against both Rome and... Long Stories - Post by : David_Cash - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2408

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter VI Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter VI

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter VI
The morning of the first day of the seventh month--Tishri in theHebrew, October in English--Ben-Hur arose from his couch in thekhan ill satisfied with the whole world.Little time had been lost in consultation upon the arrival ofMalluch. The latter began the search at the Tower of Antonia,and began it boldly, by a direct inquiry of the tribune commanding.He gave the officer a history of the Hurs, and all the particularsof the accident to Gratus, describing the affair as wholly withoutcriminality. The object of the quest now, he said, was if any ofthe unhappy family were discovered alive to carry a petition... Long Stories - Post by : bizopp2002 - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 784

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter V Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter V

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter V
Nowadays travellers in the Holy Land looking for the famous place withthe beautiful name, the King's Garden, descend the bed of the Cedron orthe curve of Gihon and Hinnom as far as the old well En-rogel, take adrink of the sweet living water, and stop, having reached the limitof the interesting in that direction. They look at the great stoneswith which the well is curbed, ask its depth, smile at the primitivemode of drawing the purling treasure, and waste some pity on theragged wretch who presides over it; then, facing about, they areenraptured with the mounts Moriah and Zion, both of... Long Stories - Post by : iwzone - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1603

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter IV Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter IV

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter IV
It was dark when, parting with the drover inside the gate,Ben-Hur turned into a narrow lane leading to the south. A few ofthe people whom he met saluted him. The bouldering of the pavementwas rough. The houses on both sides were low, dark, and cheerless;the doors all closed: from the roofs, occasionally, he heard womencrooning to children. The loneliness of his situation, the night,the uncertainty cloaking the object of his coming, all affectedhim cheerlessly. With feelings sinking lower and lower, he camedirectly to the deep reservoir now known as the Pool of Bethesda,in which the water reflected the over-pending sky. Looking... Long Stories - Post by : bobjames - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1656

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter III Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter III

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter III
About the hour Gesius, the keeper, made his appearance before thetribune in the Tower of Antonia, a footman was climbing the easternface of Mount Olivet. The road was rough and dusty, and vegetationon that side burned brown, for it was the dry season in Judea.Well for the traveller that he had youth and strength, not tospeak of the cool, flowing garments with which he was clothed.He proceeded slowly, looking often to his right and left;not with the vexed, anxious expression which marks a man goingforward uncertain of the way, but rather the air with which oneapproaches as old acquaintance after a... Long Stories - Post by : gofermatch - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1390

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter II Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter II

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter II
"A woman of Israel, entombed here with her daughter. Help us quickly,or we die."Such was the reply Gesius, the keeper, had from the cell whichappears on his amended map as VI. The reader, when he observedthe answer, knew who the unfortunates were, and, doubtless,said to himself, "At last the mother of Ben-Hur, and Tirzah,his sister!"And so it was.The morning of their seizure, eight years before, they had beencarried to the Tower Gratus proposed to put them out of theway. He had chosen the Tower for the purpose as more immediately inhis own keeping, and cell VI. because, first, it could... Long Stories - Post by : immjason - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 952