Stories from Shakespeare, by A.S. Macfarland and A. Sage

Stories from Shakespeare, by A.S. Macfarland and A. Sage

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... look about him as soon as he was of age to marry. The kingdom of Syria was ruled by King Antiochus, a powerful but cruel monarch. He had one daughter, of whom Pericles had heard as one of the fairest and most accomplished of women. Antiochus offered this daughter in marriage to any princely suitor who could guess a certain riddle, which he made and propounded to all who came to woo her. If the suitor should solve the riddle, he was to receive the princess in marriage; if he failed, his head was instantly struck off and placed on the palace gates as a warning to all foolhardy lovers. Notwithstanding this fatal penalty, however, many princes had lost their heads in their love for the daughter of Antiochus, and day after day a row of ghastly heads rotted on the palace walls of Antioch. Now Pericles was a prince of very keen, subtle, and clear intellect, and also possessed of undaunted courage. He did not believe so hard a riddle could be made that he could not unravel its meaning, and as he knew an alliance with the princess of Antioch would be most favourable to the prosperity of Tyre, he set out prepared to risk his head for the possession of her hand. He was received at the palace of Antiochus with much civility, and was urged very earnestly by the king not to peril his life so rashly; but Pericles was resolved on the attempt, and insisted on the riddle being propounded. Antiochus displayed much anger at this resolution, and gave him the scroll which contained the fatal words. The princess herself, who was usually unmoved at the fate of her lovers, changed colour and trembled in her anxiety for his fate. Pericles read the words of the riddle, and with a quickness which showed his wonderful judgment he divined its meaning. But he also...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846311
  • 9781236846310