Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

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.

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