The Strange Adventures Of A House-boat; A Novel

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byWilliam Black

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... the great vault palpitating with myriad upon myriad of stars. There sat Cassiopeia on her silver throne; and the jewel Kastaben burned fierce on the forehead of the Dragon; the pale Andromeda was there, and Perseus with uplifted sword; the brilliant Vega gleamed on the invisible strings of the Harp; and the shining wonders of the Plough, white, trembling, and yet constant, throbbed in the pure ether. All the life of the world seemed to be in those lambent skies; there was nothing here around us but impalpable gloom and death. That impression lasted but for a minute or two. Perhaps it was our coming forth from the saloon that had startled the woods into silence. Anyhow, the next moment a sudden sound sprang into the night, flooding all the darkness with its rich and piercing melody--jug, jug, jug---jug, jug, jug, tir-o-ee--a joyous, clear, fullthroated note, deep-gurgling now, and again rising with thrills and tremors into bursts of far-reaching silver song that seemed to shake the hollow air. A single nightingale had filled the woods with life. We cared no more for those distant and silent stars. It was enough to sit here in the gracious quiet and listen to the eager, tremulous outpouring of this honeyed sound, and to remember that we were in the Forest of Arden. CHAPTER XV. "Did I but purpose to embark with thee On the smooth surface of a summer's sea; While gentle zephyrs play in prosperous gales, And Fortune's favor fills the swelling sails; But would forsake the ship, and make the shore, When the winds whistle, and the tempests roar? No, Henry, no: one sacred oath has tied Our loves; one destiny our life shall guide; Nor wild nor deep our common way divide." In the dim lands that lie between sleeping and waking, and while as yet the dawn is low in the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... the great vault palpitating with myriad upon myriad of stars. There sat Cassiopeia on her silver throne; and the jewel Kastabe...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:150 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.32 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217898742

ISBN - 13:9780217898744

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