The Planter; A Novel

The Planter; A Novel

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...camp among great rocks of the gods, the rocks that bear the snake-and-water sign of the old men in the far time before the Yaquis. " With us it had always been a favorite camp. An open space within a confusion of tall sentinel rocks, one man could have held it against a thousand, for it was approachable only by the stream that ran out of a cave down a steep canyon. After a long trail, I was very tired that night. When my head dropped to my mother's lap my teeth gripped on the piece of meat she had just thrust in my mouth, and it was still there when I awoke under her sudden clutch and saw the man come striding out of the cave, down the water that ran blood-red under the firelight. "Upstanding very tall, and of a great breadth, he seemed to my smallness to tower as the rocks. Because of his whiteness I thought he must be sick, and in the midst of his pallor blue eyes flickered and flared with the fire of famine, a wildness of look that assuredly saved him from instant death. For among our three families were Luis Bute, who had killed the three Mexicans who killed my father, Luis Matos, and others that had helped him account for a whole company of El Cocodrilo's soldiers. But what with that, and a doubt whether he might not be one of the old gods come out from his sleep under the cliffs, they held cocked guns and watched until, reaching the fire, he fished meat from a pot and sat down to eat. "At that they all returned, and, peeping from behind my mother, I saw Luis Bute spear piece after piece of meat and hand them to the stranger, a service which did not prevent him from advising his quick killing in the talk that went on. 'For he is a Gringo, ' he said--' first of a race countless as the pines of the mountains, greedy as wolves of the plains, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662199
  • 9781236662194