The Last Cruise of the Ariadne, and What Befell Her Passenger

The Last Cruise of the Ariadne, and What Befell Her Passenger

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...the men and women ugly, the children have no clothes, and the nymphs of Arethusa's In an open space, just inside the city gates, mules and horses were waiting for hire, ready saddled. The owners saw at once what a prize was in their grasp, and, tugging at the bridles of the unwilling beasts, made a dash across the dusty square, quarrelling at the top of their voices, and imploring, beseeching, almost compelling the Englishmen to mount their respective animals. One fellow actually got hold of Maurice's legs, and lifted him up bodily upon the saddle of a fine black mule. The midshipman, enjoying the fun, thought that, being there, he might as well stay; the mule, however, thought differently, and began to show his disapproval in a marked manner. "Take care, Trevor, you will be off," cried Manley, who was also mounted, but on a quieter steed. There was no time for laughing now. The brute reared, kicked, and jumped with his four legs clear off the ground. Maurice was thrown out of the saddle on to his neck, then back again to the crupper. Half-a-dozen of the bystanders hauled away at the bridle in front, others belaboured the beast behind--all to no avail; the brute refused to budge a step, and the owner at last was obliged unwillingly to ask the rider to dismount--a request which the rider complied with, not unwillingly. Then, Maurice being suited with a quieter animal, a guide was engaged, the cavalcade passed through the city gates, watered their steeds at a fountain hard by, and started off at full gallop, like true naval men, in quest of adventures. A very odd-looking party they made. Risdon had on a white duck shooting-coat, from the pockets of which peeped out the necks of two wine bottles. Manley wore a white jacket and a straw hat...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236646282
  • 9781236646286