The Giant's Gate, the Story of a Great Adventure Volume 1

The Giant's Gate, the Story of a Great Adventure 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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...of your courage!" He wasted no more words, but descended the ladder, and so stood on the ship's deck. The boy Lucien was already in the cabin, with his hand at the levers and his eye upon the gauges. The harbour had the shape of an amphitheatre, whose arena was water, whose galleries teemed with expectant idlers. A loud cheer arose and was borne faintly to them over the sluggish tide. For an instant, it may be, there came to Davignon the thought that he was looking upon the world he knew for the last time; but he put the doubt from him, and before it recurred the ship had begun her voyage. Out of the harbour, the great dome still open, the sun burning upon their hands and faces, the longer waves beyond the jetty running in spurts of foam above their bows, the town of Boulogne shaping behind them as some white city upon a hill---so the ship made the open Channel and all the glory of that summer morning lay outspread to their eyes in a rippling sheen of whitening billows and breaking crests, and the entrancing picture of the waters. Small as the cabin was, it permitted them, nevertheless, to stand together in the open dome, as in some little barbette of crystal glass; and thence to look out upon the foaming scene about them. Not yet would they quit the splendour of the day for the dangerous mysteries which lay in the unknown below the Channel; not yet shut out the light, nor call down that night of shadows. Even the lad Lucien was content thus to show all the world how fair a thing his genius had builded. "Is she not splendid, General?" he would cry again and again, when Boulogne Harbour lay far behind them, and the white sails of ships made their horizon; and a fishing fleet, all brownly picturesque, gave colour to...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892615
  • 9781236892614