A Spahi's Love-Story

A Spahi's Love-Story

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... much for many a day. But he was equally conscious of the utter devotion she had for him, a dog's devotion for its master, a Negro's adoration for his fetis/z, --and without knowing precisely what heights of heroism the sentiment was capable of rising to, he was touched and softened by it. True his pride would awake sometimes, his dignity as a white man rise in revolt. His troth plighted to his fiancee and betrayed for the sake of a little black girl, this too troubled his conscience as an honourable man; he felt ashamed of being so weak. But she had ripened into a perfection of beauty, this little Fatou-gaye. When she walked, supple and upright, with the graceful sway of the hips which the African women seem to have borrowed from the felines of their land, when she passed, a flowing drapery of white muslin cast like a peplum about her bosom and rounded shoulders, she was as perfect as an %itique statue; when she lay asleep, her arms thrown above her head, she had the gracious curves of a G/recian urn. Beneath her high amberV beaded headdress, her finely-cut, regular features would at times assume something of the mysterious beauty of an idol of polished ebony; her great eyes, sparkling like blue porcelain from under the half-drooped lids, her smile slowly broadening and showing the white teeth in her black face, all this had a negro grace, a sensual charm, a force of physical seduction, a something indescribable, recalling at once the ape, the maiden and the tigress, that sent a fierce, unfamiliar fire of intoxication coursing along the Spahi's veins. jean felt a sort of superstitious horror of all these amulets; there were moments when all this profusion of gregrzk annoyed him and came to weigh on his spirits...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236965221
  • 9781236965226