Eight Days Volume 1

Eight Days 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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...chased gold mouth piece, and leaped on to the floor in a second, swift and noiseless as a panther. "Where has it gone to?" asks the Begum, in a loud, harsh voice. "Across the river," pants the girl. "Then it is lost," says the Begum, in a low, soft voice, which sounds more appallingly in the slave-girl's_ car than the former harsh one. The girl has shrunk back against the wall. There is on her face a dull, stupid, bewildered, frightened look. "You have allowed my bird to escape, my beautiful bird, the like to which there was none other in India. You did it on purpose. I know you did." The girl makes no answer. She has her hands up, as if to defend herself against a sudden onslaught. She continues to look at her mistress in a dazed kind of way. The thousands of blows she received on her head from shoes and slippers--those of men as well as women--were enough to make her addle-pated. With the change of voice has come a change of look on the Begum's face. The flaming look of anger has departed, but in its place has come the look of cruel, quiet, satisfied delight you may see on the face of a cat when she watches the captured mouse make little runs before her. The girl has afforded her just and reasonable cause for punishment. The inner door of the apartment opens, and some one else now enters the room. Who is this? What is this? You have seen the slave-girl, and you now behold the other as indispensable adjunct of the Oriental zenana--the eunuch. "What is the matter? What has happened?" ex claims the new-comer, in his thin, shrill, squeaky voice. "She has allowed the bird to fly away. It has flown away over the Jumna. There is no chance whatever of getting it...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236977742
  • 9781236977748