The Fair God (Illustrated) by Lew Wallace

The Fair God (Illustrated)

byLew Wallace

Kobo ebook | July 30, 2013

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A Tale of the Conquest of Mexico


A personal experience, though ever so plainly told, is, generally speaking, more attractive to listeners and readers than fiction. A circumstance from the tongue or pen of one to whom it actually happened, or who was its hero or victim, or even its spectator, is always more interesting than if given second-hand. If the makers of history, contradistinguished from its writers, could teach it to us directly, one telling would suffice to secure our lasting remembrance. The reason is, that the narrative so proceeding derives a personality and reality not otherwise attainable, which assist in making way to our imagination and the sources of our sympathy.

With this theory or bit of philosophy in mind, when the annexed book was resolved upon, I judged best to assume the character of a translator, which would enable me to write in the style and spirit of one who not merely lived at the time of the occurrences woven in the text, but was acquainted with many of the historical personages who figure therein, and was a native of the beautiful valley in which the story is located. Thinking to make the descriptions yet more real, and therefore more impressive, I took the liberty of attributing the composition to a literator who, whatever may be thought of his works, was not himself a fiction. Without meaning to insinuate that The Fair God would have been the worse for creation by Don Fernando de Alva, the Tezcucan, I wish merely to say that it is not a translation. Having been so written, however, now that publication is at hand, change is impossible; hence, nothing is omitted,—title-page, introductory, and conclusion are given to the reader exactly as they were brought to the publisher by the author.



Chapter    Page
I.    Our Mother has a Fortune waiting us Yonder    1
II.    Quetzal’, the Fair God    7
III.    A Challenge    13
IV.    Tenochtitlan at Night    16
V.    The Child of the Temple    20
VI.    The Cû of Quetzal’, and Mualox, the Paba    25
VII.    The Prophecy on the Wall    30
VIII.    A Business Man in Tenochtitlan    39
IX.    The Questioner of the Morning    46
X.    Going to the Combat    50
XI.    The Combat    59
XII.    Mualox, and his World    68
XIII.    The Search for Quetzal’    74
I.    Who are the Strangers?    83
II    A Tezcucan Lover    89
III.    The Banishment of Guatamozin    95
IV.    Guatamozin at Home    103
V.    Night at the Chalcan’s    112
VI.    The Chinampa    120
VII.    Court Gossip    126
VIII.    Guatamozin and Mualox    130
IX.    A King’s Banquet    135
X.    The ’Tzin’s Love    141
XI.    The Chant    150
I.    The First Combat    162
II.    The Second Combat    169
III.    The Portrait    180
IV.    The Trial    183
I.    The King gives a Trust to Hualpa    192
II.    The King and the ’Tzin    198
III.    Love on the Lake    207
IV.    The King demands a Sign of Mualox    214
V.    The Massacre in Cholula    220
VI.    The Conqueror will come    230
VII.    Montezuma goes to meet Cortez    239
VIII.    The Entry    246
I.    Public Opinion    257
II.    A Message from the Gods    261
III.    How Ills of State become Ills of Society    267
IV.    Ennuyé in the Old Palace    275
V.    Alvarado finds the Light of the World    282
VI.    The Iron Cross    291
VII.    The Christians in the Toils    299
VIII.    The Iron Cross comes back to its Giver    306
IX.    Truly Wonderful—A Fortunate Man hath a Memory    315
X.    How the Iron Cross came back    317
XI.    The Christian takes care of his own    325
I.    The Lord Hualpa flees his Fortune    339
II.    Whom the Gods destroy they first make mad    347
III.    The Public Opinion makes Way    357
IV.    The ’Tzin’s Farewell to Quetzal’    364
V.    The Cells of Quetzal’ again    374
VI.    Lost in the Old Cû    379
VII.    How the Holy Mother helps her Children    385
VIII.    The Paba’s Angel    392
IX.    Life in the Paba’s World    404
X.    The Angel becomes a Beadswoman    410
XI.    The Public Opinion proclaims itself—Battle    427
I.    The Heart can be wiser than the Head    438
II.    The Conqueror on the Causeway again    449
III.    La Viruela    454

Title:The Fair God (Illustrated)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Lost Leaf PublicationsLanguage:English

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