Salammb˘ of Gustave Flaubert

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Saxon & Company, 1885 - Carthage - 421 pages
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Page 352 - The clamours one by one died out, and the people of Carthage panted in silence, absorbed in the terror of their desire. At last the high-priest of Moloch passed his right hand beneath the children's veils, and pulled out a lock of hair from each of their foreheads, which, he threw into the flames. Then the men in red mantles intoned a sacred hymn : " Homage to thee, 0 Sun ! King of the two Zones' Creator, self -begotten ! Father and- Mother! Father and Son ! God and Goddess! Goddess and God!
Page 254 - no : I love you ; be comforted ! " Taanach, with a smile like the grimace of an old monkey, recommenced her task. Following the directions of the priest, Salammbo ordered her slave to make her magnificent. Taanach complied, with a barbaric taste full of elaboration and ingenuity. Over a first fine wine-colored tunic she placed a second one, embroidered with birds
Page 349 - The brazen statue continued to move towards the square of Khamoun. The Rich, carrying sceptres with emerald apples, started from the far end of Megara; the Elders, crowned with diadems, assembled in Kinisdo; and the masters of finance, the governors of provinces, merchants, soldiers, sailors, and the numerous horde employed at funerals, all displaying the insignia of their magistracy or the instruments of their vocations, converged towards the tabernacles that descended from the Acropolis between...
Page 252 - ... and with halfclosed eyes she bent back under the moon's rays. The white light seemed to enshroud her in a silvery fog; the tracks of her wet feet shone on the stones; stars twinkled in the depths of the water; the Python tightened against her his black coils speckled with spots of gold. Salammbo panted under this too heavy weight; her loins gave way, she felt that she was dying; the Python patted her thighs softly with his tail: then the music ceased, and he fell down. Taanach drew near to Salammbo,...
Page xv - He went first to Tunis, and thence to the ruins of Carthage, where he remained for a long time, groping with the ferocious industry of an archaeologist in the mysterious ruins of the proud city swept away by Scipio, and of the pathetic fate of which there are no minute chronicles, save that of the Greek Polybius, renowned among the " special correspondents
Page 347 - The canopy of Melkarth, of fine purple, sheltered a flame of bitumen oil ; while upon that of Khamoun, which was of hyacinth colour, was erected an ivory phallus bordered with a circle of gems : between the curtains of Eschmoun, blue as the ether, a Python slept, describing a circle as it bit its tail ; and the...
Page 352 - At last the high priest of Moloch passed his right hand beneath the children's veils, and pulled out a lock of hair from each of their foreheads, which he threw into the flames. Then the men in red mantles intoned a sacred hymn: — "Homage to thee, O Sun! King of the two Zones! Creator, self-begotten! Father and Mother! Father and Son! God and Goddess ! Goddess and God...
Page 349 - ... converged towards the tabernacles that descended from the Acropolis between the colleges of pontiffs. In deference to Moloch, they were all bedecked with their most splendid jewels. Diamonds sparkled over their black apparel ; but their rings, now too wide, loosely fell from their emaciated hands, and nothing could be more lugubrious than that silent concourse, where brilliant ear-rings struck against pallid faces, and where gold tiaras encircled foreheads wrinkled by an atrocious despair. Finally...
Page 354 - ... be an individual sacrifice, an oblation perfectly voluntary, which would be effectual to incite others. But no one came forward, and the seven alleys leading from the barrier to the Colossus remained completely empty. To stimulate the people, the priests pulled from their girdles little stilettos, with which they slashed their faces. The Devotees, who had been stretched on the ground outside, were introduced into the inclosure, and a packet of horrible irons was thrown to them: each one chose...

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