Highly charged with rather hard-to-relate-to Hawaiian folklore and ancestor-worship. Will this be her first affair, wonders her bemused husband? When he sees her in the arms of the other man, he contrives a cathartic and very dangerous confrontation to test her feelings to the limit and almost beyond. When Alice Told Her Soul Hawaii Alice had spent her youth so wildly and intensely that she is the best-informed person in Hawaii about the doings and above all the ill-doings of just about every notable citizen on the islands. So when at fifty she joins the Pentecostal crusade of a visiting revivalist and decides that it is her moral duty to cleanse her soul by denouncing in a public prayer meeting the wrongs and acts of moral turpitude that are burdening her newly religious soul, there is grave consternation in high places.
Magistrates, business magnates, notables of all persuasions and also friends and relatives start showering her with gifts in the hope that she would omit them from her forthcoming public penitence. But all the gory details come out anyway, and they are very interesting indeed. The First Poet Historical Fiction A playlet, consisting uniquely of dialogues in which a group of prehistoric cave-men debate about their life in general and women in particular. One of them talks about his new idea of singing songs and telling stories about the stars whispering and coming down in the morning to make the dew and suchlike, thereby seriously antagonizing the virile leader of the group who prefers the traditional kind of talk.
Violence settles the debate, naturally. An original sociological exploration of the prehistorical mindset. Like Argus of the Ancient Times Klondike The title was the rallying song of the hero of this story when he had set out at the age of twenty-two for the California Gold Rush of , and he chants it again in when he sets out at seventy, much to the opposition of his numerous offspring, to participate in the Klondike Gold Rush craze to try to recuperate the three hundred thousand dollars he needs to buy back the splendid properties he had squandered over the years. What happens when he gets there, and when he comes back to his family in California after making it big up in the snow country, is the subject of this tongue-in-cheek pro-old-folks fable.
More than the idealized tone of their narratives of former glories in the idyllic isles of the South Seas, this long and quite elaborate narrative with its striking portraits of the idiosyncratic personalities of the three distinctive and well-educated and articulate! The Water Baby Hawaii A tall tale is told by an aged Hawaiian fisherman about the fabled exploit of a young boy who understood the language of sharks and used his wits and skills to trick a school of forty sharks that tried to prevent him from diving for lobsters to prepare for a feast for the king.
Whose Business Is To Live Latin America A group of Americans engineers in Mexico at the height of the Mexican Revolution escape from an armed anti-American mob out for blood after the American occupation of Vera Cruz — we are in — embark on a dangerous voyage in the midst of social and military pandemonium to rescue a group of isolated Americans, including the lady love of two!
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Also in this section The complete novels and novellas of Jack London - synopses, comments and ratings. An interesting and amusing evocation, in the vernacular, of the hobo way of life that the author knew well from his first-hand experiences during his teen days. A tired and very disillusioned violinist in a low-dive nightclub thinks back upon his upbringing on a farm, on his youthful discovery of music and the organ and the flute, and on his frustrated dreams of becoming an accomplished musician. A debate between two friends as to the scientific possibility of the disintegration and reintegration of material form by psychic impulses is arbitrated by a mysterious student of the tenets of Buddhism who has become a full-fledged Mahatma and who proceeds to subject them to an intense psychic treatment that not only leaves them unconscious but with switched consciousnesses.
An almost-thirty confirmed bachelor with a reputation for misogyny wakes up one morning to find that the strange dream he has just had has come to be: all females the world over - of all species! A harrowing tale of a grossly-overcrowded passenger ship on which a deadly epidemic of the yellow fever breaks out that decimates passengers, officers and crewmen alike so severely that mutineers take over the officer-less ship.
Two young fellows devise a dastardly scheme to raise badly-needed funds ten hundred dollars — a gold brick — each from a group of their acquaintances by using the funeral orations the group of friends had secretly recorded to be used at their own funeral ceremonies as a reaction against the banality and too-laudatory nature of such ceremonies. A romance between a young woman, Doctor of Philosophy, author of well-reviewed books and still in her twenties, and the brilliant and extremely charming youngest son of a very wealthy but extremely arrogant, idiosyncratic and reclusive neighbour who has just returned to this Californian seaside village after a long and somewhat mysterious absence.
This very dramatic and violent tale starts off with the discovery of the frozen body of an Indian woman, clearly dead from starvation, in the middle of winter in a remote area of the Yukon Valley, and goes on to describe a bloody firefight, a wild race into the unknown wilds of the Rocky Mountains to locate at all costs namely more deaths a truly fabulous lode of golden nuggets.
Lucky Jack has struck it rich in the Klondike and has also gotten lucky with Lucille, the prettiest girl in Dawson. To the Man on the Trail. A group of gold miners are preparing punch for the celebration of Christmas Eve when an exhausted but heavily-armed stranger enters their cabin and explains that he is chasing bandits who have stolen his prize dog-team. The White Silence.
Two men, one woman and a team of dogs, all close to starvation, strike out in the white wastes of the north hoping to somehow survive the gruelling two-hundred-mile trek along unbroken snow ahead of them. In the middle of winter in the rough settlement town of Forty Miles, sixty miles down the Yukon river from Dawson, an animated discussion about the respective merits of anchor-ice that freezes first under water and mush-ice that freezes first on top breaks out into an authentic casus belli when one of the men feels that his Indian wife has been made slight of and the other that his Irish honour has been flouted.
A drowning man is rescued and miraculously resuscitated by a passing ship captained by his own father, a scientist secretly intent on using him to experiment a revolutionary new method of bringing people back from the brink of death. In a Far Country. A long, intense, deeply moralistic tale of two quite different city men who decide to join the Klondike gold rush but make the mistake of going there via an unproven inland route starting from Edmonton, where they join a large party of prospectors and voyageurs heading north towards the promised land.
The narrator has wagered a night out on the town with his brother that he could never be taken in by a girl masquerading as a boy, and shortly thereafter sets out on his schooner on a cruise from San Francisco to Honolulu with a full crew, including a new and very inexperienced cabin boy. A prospector has left his wife, a half-Indian mission-educated girl, and baby boy behind in his Alaskan mine to join the flood of gold-seekers in Dawson, and when he fails to return on schedule and word comes back about his dallying with a casino dancer, the plucky woman sets off in the thick of winter alone with the baby and a dog-team along the hundreds of miles of icy trail to see for herself what is going on at Dawson.
A stalwart British officer escorts the captured Prince Charlie through the highlands to a rendezvous point with a British ship on the coast after the decisive Battle of Culloden, but opposition from fierce Highlanders and the wiles of an innocent-seeming young woman have to be dealt with before his mission can be successfully accomplished — or not.
A particularly charming farm yarn about an ox famous throughout the whole county for his stubbornness and how a wily farmer finally got the best of him. The Wisdom of the Trail. A Daughter of the Aurora. Two expert mushers and prospectors engage - with a pack of other gold-miners - in an epic hundred-mile race to file a claim on a gold-rich stake and above all win the promised hand of a very vivacious young woman. A Northland Miracle. A very rough, tough, low-minded, unscrupulous bad boy has gone from awful to worse and after roughing it all over the world has ended up in the Far North after deserting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
An Odyssey of the North. The End of the Chapter. Huddling around a stove during a cold snap in the heart of winter, a group of men exchange stories on the theme of the relative resistance to cold and deprivation of different types of men and women, which leads the one Indian among them to tell the story of how he, his devoted Indian wife, and a big, bulky and boastful Yankee had set out one winter with a minimum of food and a dog-team through miles of virgin snow to seek relief from the nearest settlement on the coast for their starving campsite.
Three men are struggling with a fourth in a tent in wintertime in the North, intent on lynching him without delay in accordance with the rough law of the north for having just slain a fifth member of their group, whose bloody body is lying on the floor of the tent while the struggle continues. A man watches all the letters and mementos of the woman he had loved burn in his fireplace as he muses over the impact that their break-up has made on his life, and tries to picture his new life without her.
A profiteer has squatted a log cabin on the route to Dawson City, where he levies a fee on passing gold-rushers for the right to sleep on the floor, a profitable endeavour indeed. A young businessman whose wife is showing signs of dissatisfaction with his lack of attention to her writes a half-finished love letter to his mistress - but his wife finds the half-finished missive and thinks it was meant for her Thanksgiving on Slav Creek.
Two boys on a mountain-climbing expedition in Yosemite Park in California are terribly disappointed when they see that someone has managed to climb the treacherous Half Dome Rock for the first time that very same day. A team of four gold-miners who have struck it rich are only waiting for spring to leave their isolated camp in the Far North with the fortune that they are in the process of digging up. A pretty, charming and wealthy widow pays a whirlwind visit to Dawson and then departs with a team of voyageur guides whose extensive reports and dialogues are reported in vernacular French-Canadian English in search of a prospector thereby much envied by her innumerable would-be suitors in Dawson.
Jack London can be — and usually is — as hardhearted as anyone or even more so, and this quite brief tale about a master surgeon who is totally concentrated on the technical challenges of his profession is as good an example of that outlook as other of his stories abounding in mayhem and massacres. The narrator — no mean long-story-teller himself — recounts how a stranger had walked into his isolated camp a thousand miles from nowhere and given him a pair of snow-boots made from the hide of a mammoth, the last one on earth! A dying old and blind man, father of the tribal chieftain, listens to the sounds of the tribe as they prepare to move out from their campsite, leaving him behind with a pile of brushwood and a fire to warm his last few hours.
An American seal-hunting sailing vessel in waters north of Japan caught in a thick fog-bank in total calm has been carried by strong currents into forbidden Russian waters, where they risk confiscation and imprisonment if captured by patrolling Russian warships. This starts out on a light tone as we follow various borderline or even over-the-limit escapades of the rather picturesque Montana Kid down the Yukon to Dawson City and beyond, almost always hotly pursued by Mounted Police or irate victims of his misdoings.
Floyd Vanderlip has at last struck it very rich on Bonanza Creek in the Klondike and has sent funds for his young sweetheart down south to come up to Dawson for a wedding. A wealthy baron of industry receives a warning letter from an unknown political organization that has declared outright war on capitalism in general and capitalists such as himself in particular, that demands payment of 20 million dollars or else.
The God of His Fathers. A prospector and his partner are camped in the northern stretches of the Yukon beside a large Indian camp whose chief, Red Baptiste, has refused them permission to advance further in search of the gold that they have been told lies to the north. The eponymous hero is a year-old who has signed on as an able seaman on a seal-hunting sailing ship, and wants to be treated as an equal by the other sailors, many of whom are old-timers who consider young sailors to be simple servants to the other men. A long and complicated tale by the in famous tall-story-teller Thomas Stevens see A Relic of the Pliocene about how he and a fellow traveller survived in an large but very isolated native village on the edge of the Arctic sea by bringing their version of civilization there: Church and State and hooch.
Keesh, the Son of Keesh. Keesh, chief of the Thlunget tribe, is bidding many blankets, dogs, knives and guns for the hand of Su-Su, daughter of the chieftain of the Tana-naws. Parachute-diving out of hot-air balloons at public fairs can be even more dangerous than it sounds, especially when silly young boys decide to participate in the fun. Two boys in a sailboat off the coast of Oakland chat about how adventurous life must have been in the days of the pirates, when they are accosted by fierce-looking fishermen armed with knives who are furious with them for having run through their nets.
The hero of the title is a twelve-year-old Indian boy who comes with the rest of his isolated Yukon tribe for the first time to sell furs in Dawson City. A man arrives by canoe on the shore of a very remote, very poor and very primitive Arctic fishing village, and he says that he is Nam-Bok who had been lost at sea fishing many years before.
Li-Wan is a young Indian woman of mysterious origins who has never seen a white man, so she is in for a big culture-shock when she arrives in the Klondike region and sees the frenzied gold-mining activity there. A set of very precious blankets have disappeared — obviously stolen by someone — from a poor remote Indian fishing village in northern Alaska. In the Forests of the North. A party of explorers entering an unmapped region of the Far North discovers an unknown Eskimo settlement amongst whose inhabitants is another white explorer who had mysteriously disappeared five years previously.
Mandell is an obscure village on the rim of the polar sea, peopled mostly by women and a few very meek and necessarily polygamous men. Jees Uck is a young and very beautiful Toyaat woman of very varied ancestry from all over the Far North, not to mention Siberia and San Francisco. The Sickness of Lone Chief. Lone Chief, who has fallen on evil days and is quite without honour or place in the new order of things along the Yukon, remembers the glorious days of his youth when, weakened and dishonoured by a severe head injury that he had suffered in a lone combat with a giant bear, he had been sent into battle on a suicide mission against an enemy tribe and had unexpectedly won an historic and very bloody victory that had made him undisputed leader of his people.
The League of the Old Men. A very old Indian comes to Dawson and tells the police that he has killed a large number of white men over the years - all those who passed through or near the territory of his tribe. An American sailor in a restaurant finds out when it is time to pay the bill that he has no money left and not only has to somehow get out of the restaurant but also hire a sampan to bring him out to his ship moored off Yokohama harbour. The One Thousand Dozen. A speculator hearing about the Klondike gold rush decides to mortgage his house in order to to buy a thousand dozen eggs which, when brought to Dawson City, will be worth a small fortune in view of the extreme shortage of food in that extremely isolated but rapidly-getting-wealthy settlement.
Paul and Lloyd are very similar, although one is dark and the other is blond. Two young but millionaire miners who have struck it very rich on the Klondike shake dice to decide which one will return home while the other stays on another year to look after their joint mining operations.
A leopard-tamer recounts the terrible revenge wreaked by a jealous circus performer a Frenchman, one might almost say of course on a lion-tamer who had been eyeing his vivacious young wife too freely. The Marriage of Lit-lit. The Factor of an important but remote Hudson Bay Company trading outpost would like to take Lit-Lit, daughter if the local chieftain, for his wife, but the chief not only demands an extravagant price five hundred blankets! An erudite, charming, and very talkative tramp tells the narrator, to whose comfortable home where he is always welcome and treated like a good friend he has returned once again after yet another long and mysterious absence spent wandering all over the country, about his one and only venture into journalism.
Two sourdoughs old-timers drop into the town of Forty Miles to find it completely emptied of its inhabitants, as news of the fabulous gold strike at Dawson City further upriver has just hit town and every last person has left on a stampede to get there asap and stake a claim themselves.
An eager young woman and would-be reporter finds out just how hard it is to break into that very sought-after profession. In the words of the author: This is the story of Keesh, who lived long ago on the rim of the polar sea, and how he used headcraft and not witchcraft to become a famous bear-killer and the head man of his village. On the Banks of the Sacramento. A young boy is left alone in charge of a cable-rig across the Sacramento River and is faced with an emergency seemingly impossible to resolve. A rousing and possibly-autobiographical account, told in the first person, of a raid by the Fish Patrol on a fleet of shrimp-boats illegally scooping up shrimps in San Francisco Bay.
Big Alex is the king of the illegal fishermen in the San Francisco Bay, and his willingness to shoot his way out of trouble or to keep patrol boats at bay has made him immune from arrest and the hero of his outlaw tribe. Raiding oyster beds in San Francisco Bay is a highly profitable enterprise that has attracted some of the most hardened and dangerous criminals in the Bay area.
Two illegal fishermen who have been caught red-handed have managed to escape arrest by holing up on a British ship anchored in international waters offshore. A resourceful pair of youngsters on the San Francisco Fish Patrol have to try to enforce the local law against salmon-netting on Sundays, but what to do when you are up against a well-organized band of fish pirates all armed with modern rifles and more than willing to use them? Demetrios is an expert sailor who has built the fastest boat in the San Francisco Bay area and he openly dares the Fish Patrol to try to catch him illegally netting salmon on Sundays right at the harbour-front.
The young narrator of the the series Tales of the Fish Patrol has finished his two-year stint and is leaving for Oakland where he will take up his studies again. All Gold Canyon. A solitary prospector carefully inspects an isolated valley for traces of gold and finds more than he bargained for. The Sun-Dog Trail.
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A slice-of-life vignette in the Far North where a seemingly-frail but extraordinarily determined young couple set out on a man-hunt in the middle of winter through the most rugged conditions in the world. Two very hungry and exhausted men stumble along a desolate trail in a desperate search for a way out of their white-winter prison in the Far North. A fable about a condemned Korean politician who has been too greedy in his grafting and who talks his way out of prison and into great favour with the government by means of a wily ploy involving a realistic drawing of a most peculiar nose.
Total drama: in the middle of winter a miner bursts into the cabin where his four partners are having breakfast and shoots down two of them in cold blood; but thanks to the almost-split-second reaction of Edith, the wife of the other survivor, who leaps on the killer to prevent him reloading his shotgun, the killer is overpowered and tied up.
Brown is an odd and very fierce kind of Alaskan dog in sunny California who keeps going off on mysterious escapades somewhere northwards until one day a man from the Klondike comes by, names him Wolf and claims him for his own. A certainly-heartfelt account of what it was like growing up very poor in depression days in the late 19th Century in a run-down industrial environment on the West Coast. An enterprising youth goes out in wintertime near Dawson in the Yukon to collect firewood in the form of an aged pine that he has spotted hidden in a gully high up on a cliff, and barely escapes with his life.
An old, very decrepit and very hungry Indian and his wife explain to a lonely white traveller who is staying with them for the night in their deserted village how they had lost each of their sons in turn because of the white man and his incomprehensible ways and inconsistent behaviour, and thus have no one to take care of them in their old age. The Wit of Porportuk. El-Soo is the splendid year-old daughter of the chief of a big tribe in the Upper Yukon who has lived life up to the hilt, feasting and entertaining and being generous to one and all all his life.
In the story-within-the-story a couple of beautiful people have maintained the intensity and elation of their passionate love-affair years after their marriage, and everyone wonders how they have kept the flame so visibly alive. We follow the thoughts of a lookout-man who is participating in a house robbery as he goes down the almost-inevitable path of perdition and discovers that his partner has actually murdered his victim, that he is now wanted for murder too, and that his partner has plans to keep the loot all for himself. A showdown between two brothers, one of whom the steady and successful one has come to take the other whose addiction to whiskey has ruined the life of his wife and children as well as his own away for good to an institution for alcoholics.
A starving and half-frozen miner down to his last few biscuits, without money or dogs and weakened by scurvy, lies in wait for days on end behind a snow bank in the midst of a severe winter in the Klondike, waiting for a suitable victim to pass by. In the earlier part of the 19th Century when Alaska was Russian and open war had been declared upon rebellious native tribes, Negore, to prove his valour to his beloved Oona, volunteers to guide a troop of Russians who are bent on the extermination of the tribe, in reprisal for an earlier attack on one of their forts, into a trap.
Two boys try desperately to cross the half-frozen Yukon river to carry an urgent message to a prospector on the other side, but have the scare of their lives when an enormous ice-jam higher up the river breaks and they have to paddle with all their might downriver ahead of the oncoming ice floes. Red Cow is a tiny mining settlement of forty souls in the days before the Klondike gold stampede, and its isolated denizens maintain law and order by rough frontier methods.
Frank Churchill, who is leaving Dawson City to catch the last boat for Seattle before the winter freeze-up of the Yukon River, is asked by a close friend at the last minute to deliver a precious knapsack for him back home in Seattle. A prospector and his guide seek shelter in an isolated cabin in the wilderness where they are made welcome by a beautiful but very strange woman whose story of love, betrayal, tragedy and insanity is later recounted by the guide. The Mary Rogers is a big three-master that has been trying for seven weeks to round Cape Horn in the face of impossibly-contrary winds.
A malformed and maltreated genius had launched an extremely murderous campaign to dominate the world between and !! A subtly powerful evocation of the race-based social divide between the Hawaiian native-born or half-casts, no matter how beautiful or handsome or talented or wealthy, and the white upper crust of Hawaiian society of the time. A fragment of a 29th-Century document, discovered centuries later, records the militant speech of a wandering labourer in the 26th Century encouraging his fellow workers — who are themselves all illiterate, it being a capital crime then to teach a worker to read and write or even learn the alphabet!!
This is how this great story starts: " It was the end. A cargo ship with a great fire raging below decks puts in at Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific where the captain and crew learn to their dismay that there is nowhere on that very remote island where they can beach the ship. The Slot was the geographical and social dividing line of San Francisco before the Great Earthquake there: north of this distinctive tram-line were the shopping district and the respectable business houses, south of it were the factories and the working-class district.
One of the richest and most eligible bachelors in Hawaii, a paragon of courage and fortitude, discovers that his lady love is on the point of being interned on the island of Molokai where lepers from all the Hawaiian islands are compounded for life with no hope of ever returning.
The narrator recounts how he first met Otoo, a native of Bora Bora, the only non-Christian on that island! An aging boxer in the Australian outlands prepares for a big fight that he desperately needs to win to provide for his undernourished family. Koolau is the leader of a group of natives on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, all severely stricken with leprosy, who have gathered in a impregnable mountain fortress to resist internment by the authorities on the prison-island of Molokai from which there is no return.
Mauki is a coal-black young Solomon Islander who has been forced into a long-term slavish contract as a plantation labourer under the most severest discipline imaginable. Eat or be eaten was the law of the land among the head-hunters of the Fiji Islands, and John Starhurst has been sent on a mission there to christianize the tribes and put a stop to this barbaric tradition. The logical - or at least possible - consequences of the entry of Japan into the concert of nations by their stunning victory over Russia in the Russo-Japanese War of is extrapolated throughout the rest of the century, as Japan first expands into Manchuria, Korea and then China, which it utterly modernizes on its own model, and opens up vast new resources and capabilities for China itself.
A high-flying financier receives polite but uncouth and menacing letters by carrier pigeon! A burglar clandestinely entering the grounds of a mansion near San Francisco stumbles upon a strange sleeping wild man who seems to be a throwback from primitive times thousands of years ago. A man returns to the town of his youth to find it rougher and tougher and unfairer than when he had grown up there. A group of fellows on an ocean liner are debating whether or not a gentleman could ever call a woman a pig!
Percival Ford is a very straight-laced multimillionaire on Hawaii, son of a puritan missionary who had made a fortune buying up native lands on the cheap. A woman hears a noise in the dead of night and discovers a burglar in her living room. A couple on a long cruise in the South Seas tries unsuccessfully to cope with the first mate of the ship, an ex-convict whom they have tried to help in spite of misgivings about his past. The Francis Spaight is a lumber-laden cargo ship that has capsized in a North Atlantic gale because of the carelessness of its inexperienced crew and particularly because of the incompetence of the steersman.
A dirty, dishevelled, down-and-out tramp is sleeping under a tree and a little girl walking by stops to protect him from the sun with her umbrella. An elderly and very hairy cave-man recounts to his three grown grandsons the history of their people: how they, the Fish-Eaters, used to be numerous and constantly at war with the neighbouring Meat-Eaters, and how they evolved from a period of incessant wife-stealing and individualism to a co-operative system of government with the progressive introduction of a tribal council, of a hereditary chieftain, of currency, of farming, of a priesthood, of police and of the systematic repression of dissenters.
Two brothers have endless arguments about the metaphysics of the title, and here we have extracts from the diary of the surviving one, the positivist-materialist - and very deluded - proponent of the thesis of the later title, who not only leads a double life but sees his double doing things.
A shifty schooner-owner tries to sneak out on a big debt owed to the hero of this and other stories in the series originally published under the general title of this lead tale, the redoubtable adventurer and multimillionaire wheeler-dealer-businessman David Grief. Kit Bellew is a year-old journalist who has spent the last five years dabbling at various mostly artistic occupations and whose uncle and cousins are setting off the next day to join in the gold rush to the Klondike. Ship-owner and wily adventurer David Grief makes a man out of a wealthy but broken-down young fellow totally addicted to alcohol, when they set out on a treasure hunt and the young man has no choice but to shape up on the long trip across the Pacific, or else.
A wealthy but burnt-out man in a San Francisco clubhouse tells how twelve years previously when he was prospecting virgin country in the Far North he discovered an Indian tribe that had never seen a white man before, but which was ruled by a very forceful blue-eyed and very sunburned white woman, who recounted — yes, we are three story-levels down now — the rough path through life she had travelled on her way to this wild wilderness.
Smoke Bellew partners up with a likeable fellow prospector to investigate an incredibly rich gold lode that they have stumbled across, but as they cross a dangerous ice bridge cracks start appearing, and this is the story of their desperate inch-by-inch struggle to avoid sliding hundreds of feet down to an icy grave below. Parlay is a wizened old Frenchman who has become the ruler of the atoll of Hikihoho in the Paumotan Islands after marrying the queen there. The Race for Number Three. A doctor playing cards in a cozy cabin on the Yukon is summoned by an insistent newcomer to rush away with him at all speed on a hundred-mile trip through difficult territory to operate a man who has been desperately wounded by a cougar.
By the Turtles of Tasman. A very wealthy and straight-laced land-owner and industrialist, a probable future Governor of California, shelters his prodigal and penniless younger brother, who has spent the past twenty years or more wandering all over the world, particularly in the Klondike and the South Seas, sowing his wild oats and living life to the hilt, accompanied by his flashy but very articulate young daughter. The prospectors Smoke Bellew and Shorty Jack discover an isolated settlement of neophyte prospectors in dire straits indeed: all are suffering from acute scurvy and several have already died of the dread disease.
Eggs are going for two dollars each retail in Dawson, and Smoke Bellew and his partner Shorty calculate that if they buy up every one in the whole area they can make a killing by selling them to eager egg-lovers at ten dollars apiece. Captain MacElrath has been at sea for two and a half years, and his ship is at long last entering Dublin harbour, from where he will go as fast as he can to his beloved McGill Island in the north of Ireland.
A charming and very smooth young man sweet-talks two sisters in turn, but when the girls get together and compare notes, he will get his comeuppance. Prospectors Smoke Bellew and Shorty Jack launch a massive real-estate speculation-cum-swindle that has the whole of Dawson queueing up for a piece of the action at whatever price. The prospectors Smokey Bellew and Shorty Jack are taken prisoner by an unknown tribe of Indians in an unexplored region of the Far North.
Josiah Childs has left his home and his nagging wife in the East to start a new life in Oakland, California, where he has become a new man and a very prosperous merchant. A family of survivors of the shipwreck of their schooner, adrift on the Pacific in a lifeboat, are taken aboard a tramp ship run by a very hairy, very uncouth and very unpleasant semi-pirate captain.
Meanwhile, the kingdoms are beset by internal troubles and the Amorites are pres Samantha and James Hay have been advised that their missing daughter Gaia and Yowie nursemaid Cindy have been located in ancient Australia. Xanatuo, an alien scientist who, along with a lost tribe of Neanderthals and other beings who are working A dead volcano called Glass Mountain in Northern California seems harmless - or is it? This is the fascinating setting of this mesmerising epic, the second book of the Glass Trilogy.
Andromeda Jones, a physicist, knows her missing sister Samantha is Ned Abernathy is a hot-tempered young cowboy in the small town of Hammond's Bluff in the Dakota Territories in In a drunken argument with his best friend Billy over a girl, he guns him down. He flees, and wanders the plains, forests and hills o A small boy discovers that being a Jew in Germany can be a dangerous thing. Fear prompts Konrad Wengler to put his faith aside and he tries desperately to forget his heritage.
He fights in the Great War and is wounded, becomes a policeman in his tiny They seek to escape Three thousand years after the reigns of the Amarnan Kings, the archaeologists who discovered the inscriptions in Syria, journey to Egypt to find the tomb of Smenkhkare and his sister Scarab, and the fabulous treasure they think is there. Born of the smokeless flame in the wilderness of prehistoric Arabia, a djinni comes into being.
A creature of pure energy, he takes the form of a green-tinged blue flame that feeds off the life forces of human kind, taking pleasure in death and terro Alexander the Great has returned from India and set up his court in Babylon. Nikometros and a band of loyal Scythians journey deep into the heart of Persia to join the Royal court. Their worst fears are realized, and a Russian war cruiser takes them in tow — but the young cabin boy who has been brought on board the cruiser finds a daring way to save the ship and his comrades.
Certainly no doubt based partially on personal experience, as the author himself went on a months-long seal-fishing expedition off the coasts of Japan at the ripe old age of An odd mix of the light and the dark. A light and amusing tale of high-and-low jinks in the gold-rush town of Dawson. When the deadline for payment is up another anti-capitalist diatribe announces the forthcoming death of an innocent worker at a given date in Central Park, and more letters arrive at ever-frequent intervals, each one defining the nature and the exact date of the next murder of a policeman, of a nurse, of a family friend and more.
The hatred of big business and of the whole private-enterprise system emanating from each of these long texts is quite mind-numbingly shocking but it must be said almost contemporary in its anti-capitalist animosity, carried here however to extreme and criminal extremes.
In that context it is perhaps worth mentioning that the passionate politics present in this surprising text are quite absent from the quasi-totality of the pure-fiction narratives of this very radical-minded author. The chief is extremely hostile to the encroachment of white settlers and especially their missionaries, to whom he has developed a violent hatred ever since priests had first refused to marry him with his Indian wife, and then had protected the local VIP responsible for the death of his daughter, as he recounts to the prospector in an initial, dramatic encounter.
When a missionary arrives bent on proselytizing the Indian village, the prospector is summoned by Red Baptiste to abandon him to the violent fate that awaits him; but out of solidarity for his fellow white man the prospector and his partner elect to stand up for the principle of solidarity. Both sides win, and lose, in the final showdown and what follows.
Ambitious and wide-reaching, albeit ultra-violent, food for much thought. So Chris has to prove his mettle and his seamanship, which he does with flying colours when raging storms and a totally incompetent captain menace the very existence of the ship and its men. Clearly written for a youthful audience, this rousing tale convincingly gets its message of make-place-for-youth across, with brio. Somewhat too supercilious about native credulity to be convincing today, though.
Life is a continuing battle between the two of them to dominate and if possible kill or at least maim the other. The violence and tension never let up, and it all ends up very badly for both of them, of course. These men are seriously trying to board their sailing boat to get back at the boys for their misdeed, and in the fight to repel them the boys quite lose their nostalgia for the excitement of piratical times gone past. Where he is recognized as the lost son of a rich prospector, lost as a baby during an ill-fated winter crossing many years previously.
But the village people, who have never had any exposure to the outside world, just cannot believe his incredible tales of giant sailing boats, steamships, railways, huge houses and uncountable numbers of people living far away to the south. He is either the biggest liar in the world or a spirit, and is therefore sent back to the Arctic sea by the village council.
An interesting but, one cannot help feeling, overdone and over-simplified investigation into the mindset of aboriginal peoples. She tries to fraternize with a couple of wealthy American women who are visiting the diggings and who are interested in her native finery, but her very domineering native husband is very much to be reckoned with, as the only law either of them knows is that man is the master of woman.
Two shamans do their best to resolve the mystery with their traditionally mystic methods, despite the scornful quips of a cynical young tribesman. And the culprit is indeed, somewhat to our surprise, discovered by the wily village shaman — and appropriately punished in the traditional manner by the villagers. What starts out as a lark takes on dark overtones indeed in this quite violent denunciation of the downside of the traditional way of life of aboriginal peoples.
The violent events that led up to this state of affairs is described through the eyes of one of the few male survivors of the clash between the then-populous and normally-aggressive villagers and a small party of white sailors. The villagers have learned the hard way to accept the continued presence of white miners on their land. Once again ultra-violence has characterized the incursion of the white man into aboriginal territory. Told, most effectively, from the native point of view.
Probably, one regrets to conclude That is, until the steamboats came During the trial he recounts, through an interpreter who is one of the very few survivors of his once-proud nation, why and how he and other old men of the tribe the young ones having all gone to find work in the mining camps had set out on an all-out war of extermination of the white men whose presence was having such a catastrophic impact on their centuries-old way of life. Very bitter, very strong and very sad.
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Which he manages to do in spite of pay-now-or-else demands by one and all. Written with a certain outdated even then? He is absolutely determined to get there at any price with his precious cargo in spite of the seemingly-insurmountable obstacles and lack of available transport, of food and of adequate clothing, and especially the atrocious weather conditions throughout the whole voyage. One knows by the somewhat mocking tone used from the start that his incredible efforts and quite extraordinary suffering will turn out to have been in vain, but one is nevertheless awed by the vividness of this gripping account of the incredible hardships that he and many thousands of other gold-rushers had to go through just get up to the promised land in the Yukon in those terribly tough times.
They have been lifelong friends but also determined rivals in just about everything, and when Dora comes along the competition to outdo the other in everything starts getting really out of hand, as both have become expert chemists and are each working on a revolutionary new chemical inventions that will definitively outdo the other. It all finishes badly of course, as bad and mad scientists mostly do, although their amazing inventions — paints for making people and things invisible and transparent!!
Pretty darned original science-fiction, and long before the genre became fashionable. Good but grim. However, John Fox, born and reared on the frontier fringe of the United States, is not as simple or as easy to trifle with as the chief or the reader might suppose. Full of wit and frontier lore, this charming tale is particularly successful.
The description of the marriage negotiation with the wily chief is a veritable morceau de bravoure. Our old-timers decide to join in the rush when a stream of gold-rushers starts coming up from further down-river, and this is the story of how they both hit and missed the big time too.
Brain not brawn wins the day, as we others say. Yet another terrific story for young boys, and for the others too. The surprise attack on the sampans of a well-organized band of Chinese-speaking fishermen works well, but our youthful narrator finds himself trying to take almost single-handedly — and unarmed — a boatload of uncooperative prisoners back to shore while his damaged sloop is sinking ever lower and the captives are getting ever more aggressive.
A good adventure story particularly aimed at younger readers, with a good deal of expert-sounding sailing lore artfully interwoven with the plot. But the youthful crew of the Fish Patrol just know there must be a way using brains rather than brawn to bring him to justice if only they could find it, which they do.
For young people and sailing enthusiasts, particularly. When the wealthy proprietor of a major oyster bed offers a big reward to whoever can catch them red-handed and bring them to justice, the youthful heroes of this story put their heads together and come up with a risky but not impossible scheme for doing just that. The slowest and one of the longest of the Fish Patrol series of stories.
The young narrator and his partner, both expert sailors themselves with what they thought was the fastest boat around to boot, try as hard as they can to catch him, but to no avail — so a way has to be found to outwit this over-confident fish pirate and bring him to justice.
But on the way there — by boat of course — they run into an illegal shrimp-fishing boat, and he has to escort the dangerous fish-pirates — led by his mortal enemy, a very vicious Chinaman who is dying for revenge for having been imprisoned previously by our guys — to shore. This last trip turns out to be the worst and scariest of them all.
A good story for boys and everyone a bit young-at-heart too. Long and lyrical with a hard-nosed touch, a quintessential Klondike story. At the price of immense suffering from the bitter cold and lack of food and adequate rest they draw ever nearer to their quarry in a state of quite unbelievable exhaustion but as fanatically determined to arrive for a final show-down as ever.
Starkly related by an Indian guide who had accompanied them on their savage quest, this is yet another intense exploration of the extreme limits to which some exceptional men and women can push themselves, especially in the Far North. No sacrifice or effort or suffering is too great to interfere with their fierce and fearsome will to pull through, which one of them somehow manages to do. A long and intense story about the extreme lengths that men are capable of going to in order to survive, that can leave no one indifferent.
But first Joe, who is a local celebrity because of his prowess at the Game — boxing — has one last fight to get through before settling down with Genevieve to his new life.
And what a fight! This 15,word novelette was called a novel by its editor for commercial reasons when first published in , but it is in fact nowhere near the 40,word minimum for novels, or even the 17, words required for classification as a novella. With a dose of humour and a large dose of exaggeration, this is a light tongue-in-cheek parable that with its curious conception of Eastern mores and social conditions has not well passed the test of time. The horseback-riding scenes are quite marvellously well done, but the excessively-long unrequited-love scene is distinctly less so, and the central spiritualist theme incarnated by Planchette has quite lost any impact it might have had over a century ago when this uneven story was written.
The problem remains of what to do with him, as the cabin will be snowed in for months more. Contrary to the urging of her husband, Edith firmly refuses to shoot him out of hand in spite of the danger he represents. A grim tale with an unusual concentration on the punishment side of the universal Crime and Punishment quandary in a small close-knit and isolated community. In the end the decision is up to Brown Wolf: stay with his caring masters in sunny California or go back to the harsh and hungry life in the wilds of the North. One thing is for sure — Jack London knows a lot and writes very well indeed about dogs!
Lacks coherence and punch though, somehow. But when wood is selling in Dawson at forty dollars a cord and you are seventeen and you have assured your partner that you will return with a sled-load of firewood, perhaps you are more reckless or at least willing to take risks than most. An excellent tale for younger people. But although she has a lot going for her - looks, piano-playing and much youthful charm - she has a shameful secret that, so she has been told by her former lover, prevents her from marrying anyone else.
The kernel of this sketch is the dialogue whereby the silly creature confides her secret to a man who would ever so much like to play a large role in her future. Sort of amusing in a very minor way, this was later transformed into a titillating, but still silly and quite commercially-successful little play. A moving albeit somewhat simplistic reflection on the cultural impact of the representatives of modern civilization on the Northland aboriginal peoples. But he has had to sell or mortgage all his properties and has run up a huge debt with the village money-lender Porportuk, who hankers after El-Soo who has been educated by missionaries and who is clever and capable as well as being the most desirable young maiden in the Yukon.
To escape the clutches of the old usurer, El-Soo organizes an auction to sell herself to the highest bidder at the gathering of tribes at the yearly salmon run, attended by one and all and by many wealthy white prospectors and traders come for the occasion. The miser Porportuk who is immensely wealthy is determined to outbid everyone, but the stalwart Akoon, her suitor, openly threatens to shoot anyone who tries to buy his loved one.
The outcome of this conflict not only of generations but of the traditional free-spending, devil-may-care old ways and the hard-nosed materialism of the new age is resolved, after the extravagant auction has been concluded, in an unexpected — and of course violent, this being the Klondike of Jack London — manner that the reader will not forget in a hurry. Well, they do have a secret and, innocent as it is, it rather spoils the splendour of the model that they had become for the pair of dear friends who have started the story off over a glass or two of golden California wine with a discussion of just what goes into the making of a perfect existence.
The over-lyrical tone and language of the dialogues, both inner and outer alike, reinforce the impression of an interesting subject not quite successfully treated. The basic idea is interesting — later on Georges Simenon would do this kind of story fuller and more subtler justice — but the execution is rather too bleak and straightforward, and the characters just too one-dimensional for the story to be as interesting as it perhaps could have been, or maybe would have been if the author had set it in a more exotic setting Slow but solid and insightful about a major social phenomena indeed.
We see him deal first with a big moose and then with a pack of wolves that momentarily disrupt his plans, and follow in stunning detail his dramatic and bloody - and final - encounter with three victims who finally appear on the trail. A tale of crime in the frozen north that will chill your blood. In particular by punishing murder with exile with a minimum of food - or none if the misdemeanour is a severe one - on a canoe to float downriver, the equivalent of a death sentence as the mouth of the Yukon in the Bering Sea is over two thousand miles away through the most barren and inhospitable territory imaginable.
There are unforeseen delays though, and a desperate dash needs to be made to catch the last relay boat before it is too late. This is the almost incredible odyssey of a man driving forward against all odds and in spite of the most terrible conditions and obstacles imaginable to catch up with the relay boat at all costs, always carrying the heavy knapsack that he dares not consign to anyone else. Although the combination of pitfalls and difficulties that our man has to face to win through may seem a tad contrived on the whole, this is a fascinating condensate of the extraordinary hardships experienced by so many travellers in the gold-rush era of the Yukon.
This is the narrative of one of his owners, told in a quite irresistibly wry, tongue-in-cheek manner, describing the desperate efforts he and his gold-mining partner had exerted to train, tame, trade, sell or otherwise dispose of this unusual — and highly intelligent — animal that has just about the strongest personalty of any dog I have ever read about. By Gawd, Jack London sure knew how to write about dawgs!! Conditions are not good on board and the captain is determined at all costs to break through westwards. Will the captain stop the run to go back to pick him up? But it is colder than he thought, there are dangerous pitfalls along the way, and he has seriously underestimated the dangers and difficulties of simply surviving in such extreme conditions.
A stark and chilling! And so it is, in spite of the barrenness of its setting of snow and ice and yet more snow and ice and its solitary central character somewhat foolishly stumbling towards his doom. Quite perfect for younger readers in spite of its theme of suffering in the face of the awesome power of the elements.
And a special focus of interest is a most admirable wolf-dog accompanying the prospector, who is a lot craftier and in tune with his environment than his master. And which set him off on his murderous campaign to revenge himself on the world, culminating in the German-American War of ! But all good things must come to an end Sort of original really — a mad scientist bent on destroying the world is not as far-fetched as it may have seemed to readers at the time!
Only Walter Basset accepts the invitation on the appointed day — and the nine others are all found dead of a mysterious disintegration of their cell tissues. Follows a similar invitation to ten political leaders, all of whom ignore the summons and who equally suffer a sudden and violent demise, which causes the US navy to launch an all-out assault on the island retreat, with disastrous consequences to the ex- fleet.
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A truly amazing albeit delirious socialist dream. But it certainly provides insight into the political mindset of the articulate far-left of the early 20th Century. As purely science-fiction it is sort of passable, albeit too wrapped up in the hateful aspects of class struggle to be anything more than that. Subienkow had travelled a long trail of bitterness and horror, homing like a dove for the capitals of Europe, and here, farther away than ever, in Russian America, the trail ceased. He sat in the snow, arms tied behind him, waiting the torture. He stared curiously before him at a huge Cossack, prone in the snow, moaning in his pain.
The men had finished handling the giant and turned him over to the women. This quite unforgettable drama manages to integrate that something special which, above and beyond the story line, talks to us of the universal essence of the life experience, and elevates it to the rarefied level of an eternal literary masterpiece.
Extensive discussions ensue about open shops, closed shops, strike-breaking and police and employer violence which have somewhat lost their sting today but which must certainly have been hot topics at the time of writing. And the chaotic issue of the general strike is quite different from what the armchair reader of today would tend to expect Extreme violence and carnage and intense suffering by all concerned - London trademarks - but a surprisingly satisfying outcome. And the most hair-raising, eyewitness-like description of just what a strong hurricane is like that you will ever read So they have no alternative but to go on to the nearest island with a suitable lagoon, which is several hundred miles away.
Guided by the governor of Pitcairn Island, they set out on on this desperate dash for safety, but fog, wayward currents, a hurricane wind and plain bad luck combine to make their chances of coming to safety ever more remote. A cracking good story of the sea and sailing, of seamanship and the struggle to remain calm in the face of extreme danger in a very hostile environment. It finishes badly and bloodily, of course.
The central character in this militant tale of working-class struggle, strife and strikes lives in both worlds: he is a reputed sociology professor at the University of California, renowned for his classic, conservative and very moralistic study of the great labour-ghetto on the other side, who has lived and worked there for so long while gaining material for his books, that he has taken on a new, more outgoing and much less straight-jacketed personality and habits when over there, drinking beer with the buddies and boisterously living it up after work most notably.
He had become two different men with two different personalities, one a class-conscious and militant union man actively participating in the struggles around him, the other a detached and ratiocinating professor aloofly observing and analyzing the outside world. But things come to a boil when each of his separate personalities finds an ideal mate of its own kind, each on separate sides of the social divide.
Marriage if not polygamy is on the cards, and things come to a crunch when both sides of his personality get swept up in a violent city-wide Meat Strike. A fable providing interesting insight into the tense and often violent social and labour relations that were prevalent in sunny California then and for long afterwards too. The humble New Englanders who came out in the third decade of the nineteenth century, came for the lofty purpose of teaching the kanakas the true religion, the worship of the one and only genuine and undeniable God.
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So well did they succeed in this, and also in civilizing the kanaka, that by the second or third generation he was practically extinct. This being the fruit of the seed of the Gospel, the fruit of the seed of the missionaries the sons and the grandsons was the possession of the islands themselves — of the land, the ports, the town sites and the sugar plantations. The missionary who came to give the bread of life remained to gobble up the whole heathen feast.
Related by Ah Cho in rudimentary language, the account is a tad too simplistic to be quite satisfying, but it impresses nevertheless. Yet the Sheriff of Kona, an athlete and a giant, left this island paradise with all his family, and this sad story of disease leprosy, that curse of Hawaii and despair tells why and how. They became blood brothers, a sacred bond in those parts involving notably the exchange of names, and were inseparable from there on. This very moving tale details the workings of that unbreakable bond for the rest of their existences.
Reader beware: once you have read this story, you will never be able to forget Otoo pronounced o-to-o , the most wonderful blood brother any man ever had. But times are hard, very hard, and he just cannot have the good piece of steak that he knows from experience his body needs to meet the challenge of the up-and-coming upstart he is about to confront. The account of his struggle to nevertheless dominate his opponent through fifteen long and bitter rounds, interspersed with flashbacks to to his days of glory and to scenes illustrating the dramatic social conditions of the time, is expertly told — the author must surely have been a practitioner of the noble art himself — and is as tense and dramatic and full of emotional impact and social import as any sports story that you will ever read.
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This is the story of their struggle to remain free, heightened in intensity from start to finish by the fiery anti-missionary and anti-governmental diatribes of their determined but doomed leader. Were race relations really that bad in the bad old days of the early 20th Century in Hawaii? This is the story of the hardships he endured, of his numerous and often bloody and always-severely-punished attempts to escape, and in general of what it was like in the early days of the 20th Century to be what can safely be described as a basically very savage stone-age head-hunting Melanesian islander trying to come to terms with the encroachments of the white man and his all-conquering civilization.
He courageously proceeds inland to the mountains where no white man had ever penetrated before, but unfortunately for him one of his converts, who secretly resents the new morals, has sent a messenger before him with a magnificent whale-tooth as present for the chief of the mountain stronghold he is set on visiting - a present which obliges the receiver to accede to whatever request is made by the giver.
It ends badly, of course, except for the headhunters, that is. Hard-working, very astute and doted with a second sight for investment opportunities, he has acquired not only an immense fortune and a position of great social importance in Hawaii, but also a wife of mixed European origins and a family of fifteen magnificent children, all educated in the finest universities in the West.
Key problems remain to be solved however: the culture gap which prevents the potentially-suitable scions of the Hawaiian upper class from marrying his half-Chinese daughters, how to ensure a peaceable old age for himself in face of the inevitable squabbling among his offspring for control of his empire, and above all how to satisfy his longing to return to the beloved China of his youth while there is still time.
It will come as no surprise to know that Ah Chun rises to the challenge and finds a most satisfactory solution to all of these conundrums. Although we know that race relations were very different when this story was written from what they are today, nevertheless the racist terminology and the casual callousness by which blacks are murdered out-of-hand throughout this long and extraordinarily-bloody farce are just too much for the modern reader.
True, the natives are head-hunters and man-eaters and just as bent on murder and mayhem as any of the white sailors and settlers in the story, but no, in spite of the subjacent humour and the liveliness of the action, this story is more a testimonial to the misguided white-superiority ideology of so many Europeans and Americans, including the author one has to admit of those times than an acceptable work of literature for our hopefully-more-enlightened days.
So we read on about how this crack sharpshooter succeeds in warding off masses of attacking head-hunting savages during a recruitment drive for hired labour among the Solomon Islands. Most distasteful. With the end of traditional famines, the population of China explodes until they outnumber the Japanese by tenfold and begin to overflow into neighbouring regions. The Japanese are politely sent back to their tiny islands to cultivate their culture, the French in Indochina are swallowed up by a million well-armed troops and their families, and the flood of industrious and ever-more-numerous Chinese migrants continues into the rest of Asia and beyond.
The West is terrified and powerless — if the amazing expansion of the Chinese population continues they will number a billion and a half by the end of the 20th century! Invasion of China is impossible, as an abortive attempt by the French, who lost an entire army of , men in trying to do just that, had shown.
The new modern and ever-impenetrable China seemed irresistible — but in a scientist in New York has a very nasty idea that just might work A pessimistic and antagonistic perception of East-West relations, a quite amazing reflection of the widespread Yellow Peril mentality of the time. But his family gathers round and justice will be done. And this is the story of that wild man, in fact the owner of the mansion who is a successful businessman by day and a primitive Teuton of the Stone Age by night.
The police and the judges are even worse than the very rough men in the low dive he wanders into, but our man manages to get his own back in the end. A story inspired by a somewhat similar true-life experience of the author. But she was called that very name after a tragic happening which would never have occurred had she not been such an overweening self-centred little p—. Then one evening one of the natives tells him how some twenty years previously they had, in keeping with a centuries-long tradition, launched a surprise attack on a schooner that had unsuspectingly entered their lagoon, and how in spite of their overwhelming superiority one of the crew members, armed with a repeater rifle, had managed to escape the massacre with a few other crewmen, taunting the attackers all the time with the strange cry of the title.
The islander goes on to detail the terrible consequences of that bloody battle, and we come away, with the narrator, wiser — and a lot sadder — about just how Western civilization spread to that particular part of the world. He is approaching middle age now and is as prurient - and convinced of his inner moral superiority - as ever, and particularly ill at ease with the loose Hawaiian morals he sees flourishing all around him.
When he discovers that one of the objects of his moral opprobrium and intolerance is in fact an illegitimate son of his own idealized father, his stern moral outlook begins to crumble. But people of his ilk do not change their world-outlook on the spur of the moment
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