The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

byCharles Dickens

Kobo ebook | July 27, 2013

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An ancient English Cathedral Tower? How can the ancient English

Cathedral tower be here! The well-known massive gray square tower

of its old Cathedral? How can that be here! There is no spike of

rusty iron in the air, between the eye and it, from any point of

the real prospect. What is the spike that intervenes, and who has

set it up? Maybe it is set up by the Sultan's orders for the

impaling of a horde of Turkish robbers, one by one. It is so, for

cymbals clash, and the Sultan goes by to his palace in long

procession. Ten thousand scimitars flash in the sunlight, and

thrice ten thousand dancing-girls strew flowers. Then, follow

white elephants caparisoned in countless gorgeous colours, and

infinite in number and attendants. Still the Cathedral Tower rises

in the background, where it cannot be, and still no writhing figure

is on the grim spike. Stay! Is the spike so low a thing as the

rusty spike on the top of a post of an old bedstead that has

tumbled all awry? Some vague period of drowsy laughter must be

devoted to the consideration of this possibility.


Shaking from head to foot, the man whose scattered consciousness

has thus fantastically pieced itself together, at length rises,

supports his trembling frame upon his arms, and looks around. He

is in the meanest and closest of small rooms. Through the ragged

window-curtain, the light of early day steals in from a miserable

court. He lies, dressed, across a large unseemly bed, upon a

bedstead that has indeed given way under the weight upon it. Lying,

also dressed and also across the bed, not longwise, are a Chinaman,

a Lascar, and a haggard woman. The two first are in a sleep or

stupor; the last is blowing at a kind of pipe, to kindle it. And

as she blows, and shading it with her lean hand, concentrates its

red spark of light, it serves in the dim morning as a lamp to show

him what he sees of her.

Title:The Mystery of Edwin DroodFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 27, 2013Publisher:WDS PublishingLanguage:English

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