Jess

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2012 - Fiction - 373 pages
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Set in nineteenth-century South Africa during a time of conflict, deprivation and hardship, the tale Jess is something of a departure from the typical formula of H. Rider Haggard's novels. Following the travails of a pair of sisters who are fighting to save their family's farm, Jess is a captivating look at the brave sacrifices that so many people are called on to make in wartime.
 

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Contents

Chapter I John Has an Adventure
6
Chapter II How the Sisters Came to Mooifontein
13
Chapter III Mr Frank Muller
26
Chapter IV Bessie is Asked in Marriage
35
Chapter V Dreams Are Foolishness
46
Chapter VI The Storm Breaks
54
Chapter VII Loves Young Dream
65
Chapter VIII Jess Goes to Pretoria
75
Chapter XX The Great Man
201
Chapter XXI Jess Gets a Pass
211
Chapter XXII On the Road
221
Chapter XXIII In the Drift of the Vaal
231
Chapter XXIV The Shadow of Death
245
Chapter XXV Meanwhile
256
Chapter XXVI Frank Mullers Familiar
268
Chapter XXVII Silas is Convinced
278

Chapter IX Jantjes Story
84
Chapter X John Has an Escape
93
Chapter XI On the Brink
106
Chapter XII Over It
115
Chapter XIII Frank Muller Shows His Hand
127
Chapter XIV John to the Rescue
138
Chapter XV A Rough Journey
149
Chapter XVI Pretoria
159
Chapter XVII The Twelfth of February
168
Chapter XVIII And After
180
Chapter XIX Hans Coetzee Comes to Pretoria
190
Chapter XXVIII Bessie is Put to the Question
291
Chapter XXIX Condemned to Death
303
Chapter XXX We Must Part John
313
Chapter XXXI Jess Finds a Friend
323
Chapter XXXII He Shall Die
333
Chapter XXXIII Vengeance
346
Chapter XXXIV Tanta Coetzee to the Rescue
356
Chapter XXXV The Conclusion of the Matter
365
Endnotes
372
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Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) is best remembered for his 34 adventure fantasy novels set in exotic locations. As a child, Haggard, whose father was an English barrister, was considered dim-witted and was inclined to daydreaming. His parents ended his formal education when he was seventeen, and he was sent to work in South Africa, where his imagination was inspired by the people, animals, and jungle. He became close friends with authors Rudyard Kipling and Andrew Lang. Haggard's most popular books are King Solomon's Mines (1886) and She (1887). He also wrote short stories, as well as nonfiction on topics such as gardening, English farming, and rural life, interests which led to duties on government commissions concerned with land maintenance. For his literary contributions and his government service, Haggard was knighted in 1912. Several of Haggard's novels have been filmed. She was filmed in 1965, starring Ursula Andress. King Solomon's Mines was filmed with Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr in 1950, and again with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone in 1985. Also, the novel Allan Quatermain was filmed as Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone in 1986.

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