The Smart Set Volume 5

The Smart Set Volume 5

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...and for the moment fancied that the stars had paused in their course or that the heavens had fallen. The favorite nephew of the Prince, who was wiser than these, at once prostrated himself at the feet of his august uncle. "Ah, I have an idea," said the Prince; "a brilliant idea, my dear Fur-Fuz. Let the Council be assembled two hours hence, and see that none shall be absent. Do you summon also the surgeons of the court, especially Kats-Pahr, and notify him to bring the case of instruments recently forwarded by the Emperor of China. There, dismiss my kinsmen. I shall go down into the garden unattended and wait your return." In this garden, reached by a few steps from the royal chambers, the Prince commonly indulged in acrobatic feats and all kinds of exercises that develop the limbs and enrich the blood. It was a place fashioned for delightful pastimes. Hemmed in by high walls, rare vines and flowering shrubs, here could be seen a wonderful entanglement of bars and ropes and pulleys, and here were tracks for racing, too; spaces for wrestling and tumbling, and suitable couches for repose. You must know there was no man in the land that could match the Prince in any species of athletic contest, and even the foreign acrobats who came to the liberal court of the Prince were amazed and recompensed and excelled; they went back to their native countries with the most extravagant praise of the monarch's surpassing skill and strange prodigality. On the morning of this day, however, he gave no heed to his pet diver sions. He strolled. He was deeply absorbed. He was wholly possessed by a single idea, and evidently the new idea was one of unusual novelty. The slaves, hidden among the vines, shuddered as they viewed the countenance...show more

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  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 667g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236786041
  • 9781236786043