The Living Age Volume 296

The Living Age Volume 296

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...buttress of matter must be defeated at all costs. It requires courage in man or woman to turn one's back on a pass when one has set one's face to it. As we got into the clouds out of the soaking drizzle, we entered a solid wall of rain. Our tents and bedding were sodden: the fuel we had taken up was barely enough for cooking, and we were to camp above the juniper limit. Everything pointed to a persistent tide of the monsoon. Nevertheless, Diana rode on with a rapt look in her face, happy in the capitulation of the body to the spirit. We waited for the husband under a rock, which instead of sheltering us conspired with the rain in a deluge of waterspouts. Soon he appeared out of the mist. He was unconscious of any challenge. The pass for him was merely a passage from bad to worse--for the "hell" of his imagination was a cold and wet hell, a stony, misty, cheerless hell, in which one was always slipping or I-Ie faced Diana and her after-scorn. asked her in tones charged with emotion to defend her philosophy. Was it flowers she sought? She had left them behind. Was it scenery? You would get as good a view if you put your head into a pail of smoke and water. Was it rheumatism or pneumonia? Here the camp arrived, and added their moans to his declamation. Azizeh declared that only yesterday a man had died on the pass. Diana said little. Her point of view was that if you were out for a thing you had to take the bad with the good; tomorrow might be fine. Her small and delicate body, poised in the saddle as she leaned against the wind searching vainly for some physical argument to back her moral one, implied a lack of sporting instinct in the man who took his thwackings so badly. But this was illogical. The man's mind...
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  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 807g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236823001
  • 9781236823007