Elephant and Castle

Elephant and Castle : A Reconstruction (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Elephant and Castle: A Reconstruction It was less exciting than any butcher's shop, but Slightly more dis tasteful because of the faked twilight and the soaked bedclothes blood soaking into brown earth was somehow never quite so unpleasing to look at. This, I suppose, denotes some atavistic squeamishness in my make-up, since the Object under examination did nothing to set my thoughts to pity or anything of that kind - it had far less semblance to a living human body than a stone image, and later on, when I saw a photograph of the woman alive, I could not see the smallest resem blance. What was rather curious, though, was that from this white mask, partly hidden by matted hair, I was able to derive the certainty that she had once possessed some beauty. Had she been a woman of ordinary prettiness there would have been nothing left to show. I also remem ber noticing the night-dress, which had Venetian rose point at the top. That and the face seemed to go together, and I thought it a pity thatlace of such perfect workmanship had been ruined by staining. The tecs, who are always as resourceful as sailors, had got in a bottle of some thing to ease their labours and they good-naturedly offered me a noggin, but the teacup had not been washed properly and I didn't want it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 35mm | 903g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243280858
  • 9780243280858