Rama; A Sensational Story of Indian Village Life

Rama; A Sensational Story of Indian Village Life

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... Both were six feet high, and of athletic mould; but here the resemblance ceased. To begin with Gopal. He was naturally very dark, and his life of exposure in the jungle had still further deepened the tint of his otherwise smooth and glossy skin. His head was well shaped, but it was set on a short neck, which enhanced the already striking effect of a pair of unusually broad shoulders. In time there was every.prospect of his becoming too heavy, but as yet he was endowed with all the elasticity of early youth, and might, without presumption, hope to hold his own against any antagonist. Matadeen, on the other hand, was fair-complexioned and lightly moulded; but what is lacking in bulk is not unfrequently more than counterbalanced, even in matters of sheer strength, by "superior quality." As a swordsman, most of the older hands preferred the form of Matadeen to that of his more massive rival. And then there was the temper of the two men to be taken into consideration. The life and bringing up of poor Gopal had been such as to foster his natural vindictiveness and impatience of all control. Poor old Rama had always taught his idolized son that he ought to have his own way in everything, and at once. This was not a training calculated to insure his success against cool and skilful fencing. But Heerabhai was no judge of such matters. She was only an enamoured little maiden, and, as such, she witnessed with fluttering horror the murderous look with which the two companions of her childhood now stood glaring into one another's eyes. Thus passed a few seconds of mute yet eloquent defiance, and then came the first round of mutual slashing and parrying. The sticks, notwithstanding the stout leather 'in which they were cased, ...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236821939
  • 9781236821935