The Continental Classics Volume 1

The Continental Classics Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...disuse of eating. The terrible victims of hunger startled them at almost every step. Many, apparently unable to endure their torments in their own houses, seemed to have run into the streets to see whether some nourishing power might, possibly, descend from the air. At the gate of one house sat an old woman, and it was impossible to say whether she was asleep, dead, or only unconscious; at all events, she no longer saw or heard anything, and sat motionless in one spot, her head drooping on her breast. From the roof of another house hung a strained and withered body in a rope noose. The poor fellow had not been able to endure the tortures of hunger to the end, and had preferred to hasten his death by voluntary suicide. At the sight of such terrible proofs of famine, Andrii could not refrain from asking the Tatar, " Have they really been unable to find anything with which to sustain life? If a man is driven to extremities, then there is no help for it; he must nourish himself on that which he has hitherto despised; he may sustain himself with creatures which are forbidden by the law. Anything may be eaten under such circumstances." " They have eaten everything," said the Tatar, --" all the animals. Not a horse or a dog, nor even a mouse, can be found in the whole city. We never had any store of provisions in the town: they were all brought in from the villages." " But how can you, while dying such a fearful death, still dream of defending the city? " " Possibly the Voevod might have surrendered; but yesterday the Colonel in Buzhana sent a hawk into the city with a note, saying that it was not to be given up: that he was coming to its rescue with his regiment, and was only waiting more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236812654
  • 9781236812650