Ekkehard. (of II) Volume I

Ekkehard. (of II) Volume I

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Excerpt: ...thee, --thus to interrogate me?" "Yes." "Who?" Then Audifax began to cry, and sobbed out, "Hadumoth." Ekkehard did not understand him. "And who is Hadumoth?" "The goose-girl," faltered the boy. "Thou art a foolish boy, who ought to mind his business." But Audifax did not go. "You are not to give it me for nothing," said he. "I will show you something very pretty. There must be many treasures in the mountain. I know one, but it is not the right one; and I should so like to find the right one!" Ekkehard's attention was roused. "Show me what thou knowest." Audifax pointed downwards; and Ekkehard going out of the court-yard followed him down the hill. On the back of the mountain, where one beholds the fir-clad Hohenstoffeln and Hohenhowen, Audifax quitted the path, and went into the bushes, towards a high wall of grey rocks. Audifax pushed aside the opposing branches, and tearing away the moss, showed him a yellow vein, as broad as a finger, running through the grey stone. The boy then managed to break off a bit of the yellow substance, which stuck in the chinks of the rock, like petrified drops. In the bright gold-coloured mass, small opal crystals, in reddish white globules, were scattered. Closely examining it, Ekkehard looked at the detached piece, which was unknown to him. It was no precious stone; the learned men in later years, gave it the name of Natrolith. "Do you see now, that I know something?" said Audifax. "But what shall I do with it?" enquired Ekkehard. "That you must know better than I. You can have them polished, and adorn your great books with them. Will you now give me the spell?" Ekkehard could not help laughing at the boy. "Thou oughtest to become a miner," he said, turning to go. But Audifax held him fast by his garment. "No, you must first teach me something out of your book." "What...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236685857
  • 9781236685858