Longmans' Ship Literary Readers; The Advanced Reader Volume 7

Longmans' Ship Literary Readers; The Advanced Reader Volume 7

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...dromedary---approach them silently, and, with a demoniacal smile, drink a deep draught from their water-flask--this 65 was enough to make the Bedouins stare a little; they, in fact, stared a great deal--not as Europeans stare, with a restless and puzzled expression of countenance, but with features all fixed and rigid, and with still glassy eyes; before they had time to get decomposed 70 from their state of petrifaction, I had remounted my dromedary, and was darting away towards the east. Without pause or remission of pace, I continued to press forward, but after a while, I found, to my confusion, that the slight track which had hitherto guided 75 me, now failed altogether; I began to fear that I must have been all along following the course of some wandering Bedouins, and I felt that if this were the case, my fate was a little uncertain. I had no compass with me, but I determined upon 80 the eastern point of the horizon as accurately as I could, by reference to the sun, and so laid down for myself a way over the pathless sands. But now my poor dromedary, by whose life and strength I held my own, began to show signs of dis 85 tress: a thick, clammy, and glutinous kind of foam gathered about her lips, and piteous sobs burst from her bosom in the tones of human misery; I doubted, for a moment, whether I would give her a little rest or relaxation of pace, but I decided that I would not, and continued to push forward as steadily as before. 90 The character of the country became changed; I had ridden away from the level tracts, and before me now, and on either side, there were vast hills of sand and calcined rocks that interrupted my progress, and baffled my doubtful road, but I did my best; with rapid 95 steps I swept round the base of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236906144
  • 9781236906144