Dr. Nikola

Dr. Nikola

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...a lotus, in either hand. On his head was a large gold crown, and in each section of it I could discern a smaller image, reproducing the large one in every particular. Above the cells just described were a series of long galleries which were reached by stairs from the courtyard, and above them again rose roof after roof and tower after tower. From this terrace, if one may so call it, we passed on to another, the ap proach to which was guarded by two magnificent bronze lions. Then through temple after temple, each decorated with Chinese hangings, ornaments in gold, silver, ivory, bronze, and enamel, we made our way. In the last of these we were requested to wait while our guide, who was evidently a person in authority, went off to' find the high priest. For nearly twenty minutes we were left alone together. The place was eerie in the extreme. A soft wind entered and rustled the long silk hangings; there was an intolerable odour of joss-sticks; and, besides all this, we had the pleasure of knowing that we were only impostors, dependent upon our own wits for our safety, and, for the matter of that, even for our lives. If but one suspicion entered the minds of those we were among, we might consider ourselves as good as dead men. In such an enormous building, unvisited by foreigners, and owning hardly any allegiance--if indeed such a feeble reed could help us--to the Emperor of China, the news of our deaths would excite no concern, and we would be as completely lost as the bubble which rises majestically, only to finally burst unnoticed in mid air. As I watched the morning light playing among the hangings, and listened to the booming of a gong which faintly percolated in to us from some distant part of the building, I could not help...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123691824X
  • 9781236918246