By H. Rider Haggard
In King Solomon's Mines, Haggard introduces the reader to Allan Quatermain, now probably the most recognized literary experience characters. moment within the sequence, this e-book, Allan Quatermain, keeps the tale of this bold guy and chronicles in first individual (and via correspondence from a few of his fictitious partners) his adventures in Africa. considered one of many fictional characters upon which one other such individual, Indiana Jones, relies, Quatermain is however a humble guy. through his personal definition, he's an ". . . 'Adventurer' -- he that is going out to satisfy no matter what may well come. good, that's what all of us do on the earth a method or one other . . ."
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I see but one man,' he said. ' 'Open the door,' I said. 'Umslopogaas, take thine axe and stand thereby. Let one man pass. ' The door was unbarred. In the shadow of the wall stood Umslopogaas, his axe raised above his head to strike. Just then the moon came out. There was a moment's pause, and then in stalked a Masai Elmoran, clad in the full war panoply that I have already described, but bearing a large basket in his hand. The moonlight shone bright upon his great spear as he walked. He was physically a splendid man, apparently about thirty-five years of age.
At Zanzibar there was a telegram. I cursed the man who invented telegraphs. Now I curse him again. I was to be arrested for desertion, for murder, and que sais-je? I escaped from the prison. I fled, I starved. I met the men of Monsieur le Cure. They brought me here. I am full of woe. But I return not to France. ' He paused, and we nearly choked with laughter, having to turn our faces away. 'Ah! you weep, messieurs,' he said. ' 'Perhaps,' said Sir Henry, 'the heroic blood of your grandparent will triumph after all; perhaps you will still be great.
Goodbye. ' Scrawled across the outside of this was 'Love to Mr Quatermain. ' When I read those words, written by that brave little girl in an hour of danger sufficiently near and horrible to have turned the brain of a strong man, I own I wept, and once more in my heart I vowed that she should not die while my life could be given to save her. Then eagerly, quickly, almost fiercely, we fell to discussing the situation. Again I said that I would go, and again Mackenzie negatived it, and Curtis and Good, like the true men that they are, vowed that, if I did, they would go with me, and die back to back with me.