A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur
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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...to postpone, because the monks around me besieged me so with eager questions: What is this curious thing? What is it for? Is it a handkerchief?--saddle blanket?--part of a shirt? What is it made of? How thin it is, and how dainty and frail; and how it rattles. Will it wear, do you think, and won't the rain injure it? Is it writing that appears on it, or is it only ornamentation? They suspected it was writing, because those among them who knew how to read Latin and had a smattering of Greek, recognised some of the letters, but they could make nothing out of the result as a whole. I put my information in the simplest form I could: 'It is a public journal; I will explain what that is, another time. It is not cloth, it is made of paper; some time I will explain what paper is. The lines on it are reading matter; and not written by hand, but printed; by-and-by I will explain what printing is. A thousand of these sheets have been made, all exactly like this, in every minute detail--they can't be told apart.' Then they all broke out with exclamations of surprise and admiration:: A thousand! Verily a mighty work--a year's work for many men. 'No--merely a day's work for a man and a boy.' They crossed themselves, and whiffed out a protective prayer or 'Ah-h--a miracle, a wonder! Dark work of enchantment.' I let it go at that. Then I read in a low voice, to as many as could crowd their shaven heads within hearing distance, part of the account of sthe miracle of the restoration of the well, and was accompanied by, _ astonished and reverent ejaculations all through: 'Ah-h-h!' SOLID COMFORT. 'How true!' 'Amazing, amazing!' 'These be the very haps as they happened, in marvellous exactness!' And might they take this strange thing in their hands, and feel of it and...
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