Tinkletop's Crime

Tinkletop's Crime

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...heard of the existence of the glass city, and the manners and customs of its inhabitants. During the second month of his captivity, Gaunt grew moody and morose. Then Sloppygas gave him counsel. 'Write, 0 Koos, ' he said, ' write. Write great books as you say you used to do, 0 Baba. The labour we delight in physics pain.' Horsman Gaunt stared at Sloppygas in blank amazement. 'Where did you learn that expression?' he exclaimed. 'Koos Farini would say it to me when I was with his Zulu troupe at the Aquarium, ' replied Sloppygas; and the subject dropped. After the third month Gaunt took his black protector's advice, and began to write. Gradually he forgot his captivity and was lost in the development of his African romances. In twelve months he had finished three new novels, and had a fourth upon the stocks. As he finished his stories he read them to the Siamese queens and the high priest, and to Sloppygas. They were all delighted, and the high priest asked for the manuscripts to place them among the archives of the Temple of tha Sacred Bluebottle. Horsman Gaunt hesitated. 'I will copy them, 0 Koos-y-umcool, ' whispered Sloppygas, 'and give them the copies.' Mr. Gaunt yielded to his faithful follower's advice, and the MSS. were duly copied and handed to the high priest. A fourth novel was finished, and a fifth, and all were copied and placed among the sacred archives. And wandering at eve through the beautiful shores of the glass city, the captive author would say to himself: 'By Jove! if ever I get free, what a terrific sum these books will realize! I wonder what my friends in London will think has become of me?' He did not know that his long absence was already causing comment, and that his friend, Mr. Byzantium had written a letter to the Tim&s, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236653661
  • 9781236653666