A Digit of the Moon: And Other Love Stories from the Hindoo

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1906 - Folklore - 421 pages
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Page 32 - IN the beginning, when Twashtri came to the creation of woman, he found that he had exhausted his materials in the making of man, and that no solid elements were left.
Page 33 - ... and the joyous gaiety of sunbeams, and the weeping of clouds, and the fickleness of the winds, and the timidity of the hare, and the vanity of the peacock, and the softness of the parrot's bosom, and the hardness of adamant, and the sweetness of honey, and the cruelty of the tiger, and the warm glow of fire, and the coldness of snow, and the chattering of jays, and the cooing of the kokila, and the hypocrisy of the crane, and the fidelity of the chakrawaka, and compounding all these together,...
Page 33 - Lord, this creature that you have given me makes my life miserable. She chatters incessantly and teases me beyond endurance, never leaving me alone; and she requires incessant attention, and takes all my time up, and cries about nothing, and is always idle; and so I have come to give her back again, as I cannot live with her. So Twashtri said: Very well; and he took her back. Then after another week, man came again to him and said: Lord, I find that my life is very lonely, since I gave you back that...
Page 34 - Very well," and gave her back again. Then after only three days, man came back to Him again and said : "Lord, I know not how it is, but after all I have come to the conclusion that she is more of a trouble than a pleasure to me; so please take her back again." But Twashtri said : "Out on you. Be off. I will have no more of this ; you must manage how you can." Then man said : "I cannot live with her." And Twashtri replied: "Neither could you live without her.
Page 33 - He took the rotundity of the moon, and the curves of creepers, and the clinging of tendrils, and the trembling of grass, and the slenderness of the reed, and the bloom of flowers, and the lightness of leaves, and the tapering of the elephant's trunk, and the glances of deer, and the clustering...
Page 220 - Metempsychosis, transmigration, everlasting incarnation and re-incarnation of the immortal soul in body after body, birth after birth : all Hindoo literature is but the kaleidoscopic reiteration of this one identical idea, whose beauty is such that no logic will ever destroy it or oust it in favour of another.
Page 72 - Then one day there passed by that way a Pashupata ascetic. And he said to the Brahman : "My son. what are you doing here ?" So he replied : "Reverend Sir, I am performing penance, for the expiation of sin, on the banks of the Ganges.
Page 13 - ... certain sense, wasted, as he was the only one left of his family, and now he also, he was glad to say, was going the same way. He said, that he had been anxious to see me before he died, because he had something of value to give me. Hereupon he produced what the uninitiated might have taken for a packet of ladies...
Page 34 - Lord, I know not how it is ; but after all I have come to the conclusion that she is more of a trouble than a pleasure to me ; so please take her back again. But Twashtri said : Out on you ! Be off! I will have no more of this. You must manage how you can. Then man said : But I cannot live with her. And Twashtri replied : Neither could you live without her.
Page 425 - The most enthralling and interest-compelling work of fiction this reviewer has ever encountered.

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