Allan Quatermain

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1st World Publishing, Dec 20, 2006
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'I have just buried my boy, my poor handsome boy of whom I was so proud, and my heart is broken. It is very hard having only one son to lose him thus, but God's will be done. Who am I that I should complain? The great wheel of Fate rolls on like a Juggernaut, and crushes us all in turn, some soon, some late-it does not matter when, in the end, it crushes us all. We do not prostrate ourselves before it like the poor Indians; we fly hither and thither-we cry for mercy; but it is of no use, the black Fate thunders on and in its season reduces us to powder. 'Poor Harry to go so soon! just when his life was opening to him. He was doing so well at the hospital, he had passed his last examination with honours, and I was proud of them, much prouder than he was, I think. And then he must needs go to that smallpox hospital. He wrote to me that he was not afraid of smallpox and wanted to gain the experience; and now the disease has killed him, and I, old and grey and withered, am left to mourn over him, without a chick or child to comfort me. I might have saved him, too-I have money enough for both of us, and much more than enough-King Solomon's Mines provided me with that; but I said, No, let the boy earn his living, let him labour that he may enjoy rest. But the rest has come to him before the labour. Oh, my boy, my boy!
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
1 THE CONSULS YARN
16
2 THE BLACK HAND
30
3 THE MISSION STATION
40
4 ALPHONSE AND HIS ANNETTE
52
5 UMSLOPOGAAS MAKES A PROMISE
62
6 THE NIGHT WEARS ON
77
7 A SLAUGHTER GRIM AND GREAT
87
13 ABOUT THE ZUVENDI PEOPLE
164
14 THE FLOWER TEMPLE
175
15 SORAIS SONG
191
16 BEFORE THE STATUE
205
17 THE STORM BREAKS
215
18 WAR RED WAR
228
19 A STRANGE WEDDING
243
20 THE BATTLE OF THE PASS
253

8 ALPHONSE EXPLAINS
99
9 INTO THE UNKNOWN
110
10 THE ROSE OF FIRE
122
11 THE FROWNING CITY
135
12 THE SISTER QUEENS
149
21 AWAY AWAY
268
22 HOW UMSLOPOGAAS HELD THE STAIR
278
23 I HAVE SPOKEN
292
24 BY ANOTHER HAND
301
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