Vikram And The Vampire: Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, by Richard Francis Burton

By Richard Francis Burton

This anthology is an intensive advent to vintage literature in case you haven't but skilled those literary masterworks. in the event you have identified and enjoyed those works some time past, this can be a call for participation to reunite with outdated acquaintances in a clean new layout. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this distinct assortment brings jointly works as different and influential because the Pilgrim s development and Othello. As an anthology that invitations readers to immerse themselves within the masterpieces of the literary giants, it's must-have addition to any library.

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Presently, at the further extremity of the smashana, or burning ground, appeared a group. By the lurid flames that flared and flickered round the half-extinguished funeral pyres, with remnants of their dreadful loads, Raja Vikram and Dharma Dhwaj could note the several features of the illomened spot. There was an outer circle of hideous bestial forms; tigers were roaring, and elephants were trumpeting; wolves, whose foul hairy coats blazed with sparks of bluish phosphoric light, were devouring the remnants of human bodies; foxes, jackals, and hyenas were disputing over their prey; whilst bears were chewing the livers of children.

The lovers then began to chew betel, which, by the bye, they disposed of in little agate boxes which they drew from their pockets, and they were soon engaged in the tenderest conversation. Here the Baital paused for a while, probably to take breath. Then he resumed his tale as follows: In the meantime, it became dawn; the princess concealed him; and when night returned they again engaged in the same innocent pleasures. Thus day after day sped rapidly by. Imagine, if you can, the youth's felicity; he was of an ardent temperament, deeply enamoured, barely a score of years old, and he had been strictly brought up by serious parents.

He then proceeded to inquire for a wise woman, wanting, he said, to have his fortune told. When the prince asked him what this meant, he replied that elderly dames who professionally predict the future are never above [ministering to the present, and therefore that, in such circumstances, they are the properest persons to be consulted. " demanded the King Vikram ferociously. The Baital declared that it was not, but that he must tell his story. The person addressed pointed to an old woman who, seated before the door of her hut, was spinning at her wheel.

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