Tales from Jokai

Tales from Jokai

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Excerpt: ...over my son, lest any evil befall him." Heinrich pressed the hand of his benefactor. He understood the allusion. It was the usual pretext: to advance a person in order to remove him. The Governor had observed that Casimir had brought the girl back to her mother by her left hand. Let the young squire go to St. Petersburg! After dinner, Heinrich went to town, to the Governor's. He gave him the promised letters of introduction and two passports, one for himself and one for Casimir. "So Squire Casimir goes with you? Well, my son, I lay it upon your soul to let me know everything that he does or intends to do during his stay at St. Petersburg. Do you understand me?" "Perfectly, your Excellency." Scarce a year had passed since the two young men had departed for St. Petersburg, when one night they returned home together to the Castle of Bialystok. It was a dark night when they arrived, and they came to the gate of the park, which they opened with the assistance of their keys and got into the Castle Pg 117 without the knowledge of the family. They sought the Starosta. The old man was sitting all alone in his bedroom, in a large armchair. He was betwixt three tables, one in front of and one on each side of him. On the table in front of him was a large book printed on vellum, containing the history of Lithuania (each chapter beginning with beautiful big illuminated letters), from the days of the first pagan Grand Duke. On the other two tables were placed flasks of all shapes and sizes, and of a religious character, coming as they did from Chartreuse or Benedictine monasteries, not to mention other similar elixirs worthy of equal praise. He was astonished when he saw the two young men enter. "Has the magic bird griffin brought you hither?" he cried. "Yes, the bird griffin has indeed brought us hither," said Casimir to the Count. "I mean that griffin who clutches hold of the mightinesses of this world and carries them to the mountains of Kaf." And then he told...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236725395
  • 9781236725394