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Review: The Romance of the HaremUser Review - John - Goodreads
A follow up to Anna and the King of Siam story. Only ok. An interesting snapshot of the time (1860's) but not a book for everyone. Read full review
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Page 239 - The hand that rounded Peter's dome And groined the aisles of Christian Rome Wrought in a sad sincerity; Himself from God he could not free; He builded better than he knew; The conscious stone to beauty grew.
Page 61 - L'ore should not have been emancipated when she offered to pay the full price of her freedom. The attention of all was excited to the highest degree ; every eye was turned upon the queen dowager. She spoke with difficulty, and answered with some embarrassment, but from head to foot her whole person defied the judge. " And what if every slave in my service should bring me the price of her freedom...
Page 54 - I plunged with one sudden bound into the bosom of the broad river. l heard a shriek above me as I disappeared under the waters. " How desperately I swam through the. strong currents, coming up to the surface from time to time to draw a long breath, then diving back into its protecting shelter again ! Finding my strength failing me, I made for the opposite bank, climbed its steep sides, and dried my clothes in the soft delicious breezes that came upon me as if just let free from the highest heavens....
Page 61 - ... dark, stern woman before them there was as great a respect for the rights of the meanest among them as for those of the queen dowager herself. The chief judge then read aloud in a clear voice the letter she had received from the king, and, when it was finished, the dowager and her daughter saluted the letter by prostrating themselves three times before it. Then the judge inquired if the august ladies had aught to say why the slavewoman L'ore should not have been emancipated when she offered to...
Page 14 - Very artless and happy she seemed, and free as she was lovely; but the instant she perceived she had attracted the notice of the king, she sank down and hid her face in the earth, forgetting or disregarding the falling vessels that threatened to crush or wound her. But the king merely diverted himself with inquiring her name and parentage; and some one answering for her, he turned away.
Page 265 - In regard to the concern of seeking and holding a religion that will be a refuge to you in this life: it is a good and noble concern, and it is exceedingly appropriate and suitable that you, as a nation, and each man individually, should investigate for himself, and according to his own wisdom, which is the...
Page 137 - They were putting chains on my hands, and jostling me about ; for so benumbed and prostrated was I at the sight of Boon, that I could not rise. I did not dare to ask her a single question for fear of implicating ourselves all the more, when my sister Thieng rushed into my room screaming, flung herself upon my bed, and clasped me around the neck. " ' Hush ! sister,' I said. ' Make these women wait a little, and tell me how they came to find it out ? ' " ' O Choy ! Choy ! ' she kept repeating, wringing...
Page 242 - Anna did not dispute with them. Indeed, she listened to them with interest. But at the same time she sent a request to the King for maps and globes. His Majesty responded promptly with a large English map and globes of the celestial and terrestrial spheres. These created an enormous sensation when they arrived one morning in the Temple of the Mothers of the Free.
Page 249 - Thenceforth, to express her entire sympathy and affection for the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, she always signed herself Harriet Beecher Stowe ; and her sweet voice trembled with love and music whenever she spoke of the lovely American lady who had taught her as even Buddha had taught kings to respect the rights of her fellowcreatures.