H. Rider Haggard: She – A History of Adventure (unabridged)

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H. Rider Haggard: She – A History of Adventure (unabridged)

Catalogue No:

NA0007

Discs:

11

Release date:

29th Nov 2010

Barcode:

9781843794110

Length:

13 hours 40 minutes

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H. Rider Haggard: She – A History of Adventure (unabridged)


Read by Bill Homewood

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Somewhere in Africa, a tiny, primitive tribe, the Amahaggers, live secretly amongst the debris of a lost Egyptian civilization, ruled by the beautiful semi-goddess Ayesha, or She-who-must-be-obeyed. Ludwig Horace Holly, a Cambridge academic, is reluctantly drawn into plans for a voyage in search of this legendary queen. With his adopted son, Leo, he sets out on a brave journey, following a trail of clues. Shipwrecked and captured by cannibals, their voyage soon turns into a nightmare. This masterpiece of suspense and adventure, by the author of King Solomon’s Mines, contains some of the most sensual, gently erotic passages in 19th-century literature.

She (Unabridged)

Introduction

That same evening my visit came to an end…

This letter, as may be imagined…

I - My Visitor

A tall man of about thirty…

He paused a while, his head sunk upon his hand…

'There,' he said, 'I must go…'

II - The Years Roll By

I put down the letter…

In a very little while…

III - The Sherd of Amenartas

Job and Leo bent forward in breathless silence.

'That is all,' I said.

'Of the adventures that befell me…'

'Well, let's see what the potsherd has to say…'

Besides the uncial writing on the convex side…

A few of the Roman names…

Then came the last entry…

'How do you account for what my father saw…'

IV - The Squall

'Well, Job,' I said…

'Bail out! bail out!' shouted Job…

Another minute, and with a sort of howl…

V - The Head of the Ethiopian

The river mouth which we were entering…

'Well, what is to be done now?' I asked…

He lifted the rifle…

I do not quite know what it is that made me…

VI - An Early Christian Ceremony

I do not know that there is any necessity…

The man advanced, and the tall shadowy form…

'Art thou awake, stranger?' he said…

On looking round we discovered…

VII - Ustane Sings

When he had gone we discussed the situation…

Taking the hint, we got up and went down to the stream…

They had a Queen, however. She was their Queen…

We three and Ustane were sitting round a fire…

VIII - The Feast, and After!

This is a digression at a critical moment…

I sprang to my feet with a yell of horror…

Then it was that the two others sprang upon me.

IX - A Little Foot

'Ah,' he went on, 'it was a gallant fight that ye fought…'

The morning came at last…

I looked up doubtfully…

X - Speculations

On we went through it all, till at last the sun sank…

Above me, as I lay, shone the eternal stars…

Then I fell to reflecting upon the undertaking…

Presently, as we blundered and floundered along…

XI - The Plain of Kor

'Behold the house of "She-who-must-be-obeyed"!'

By now we were well on to the great plain…

At last we reached the face of the precipice itself…

As I anticipated, we had passed…

XII - 'She'

The first picture represented his death.

We passed down the passage…

Painfully and slowly old Billali crept up…

'Why art thou so frightened, stranger?'

XIII - Ayesha Unveils

'So! The Hebrews, are they yet at Jerusalem?…'

'Oh man!' she said at last…

'Dost thou wonder how I knew that ye were coming…'

'Hast thou aught to ask me before thou goest…'

She lifted her white and rounded arms…

Drawn by some magnetic force which I could not resist…

XIV - A Soul in Hell

Next I bethought me that I had not been…

I was at the curtains, and they did not hang close…

But at length she seemed to wear herself out…

XV - Ayesha Gives Judgment

After I had dressed myself…

Then came a silence.

'Dogs and serpents,' She began in a low voice…

XVI - The Tombs of Kor

'I, Junis, a priest of the Great Temple of Kor…'

Accordingly I followed her to a side passage…

We left the place and entered others.

'Behold the lot of man,' said the veiled Ayesha…

XVII - The Balance Turns

'So, my Holly, sit there where thou canst see me…'

I rose, and sank on the cushioned couch beside her…

'Well, my Holly,' she continued…

'Thou comest in a good time, Ayesha,' I said…

One thing, however, was certain…

XVIII - 'Go, Woman!'

I felt it was hopeless to argue…

'Who is this man?' she said, pointing…

That night I passed in Leo's room…

On the following day Leo got up…

XIX - 'Give me a Black Goat!'

After about an hour of this amusement…

'I promised thee a strange sight, my Holly,' laughed Ayesha…

I thought that the entertainment was now over…

XX - Triumph

Here Ayesha half rose from her couch…

'I am not Kallikrates, and, as for being thy lord…'

Suddenly, with a snake-like motion…

Then, turning to Leo, and laying her hand…

She paused in her strange and most thrilling allegorical chant…

XXI - The Dead and Living Meet

I turned to see what effect was produced upon Leo…

As we passed to our own apartment…

No doubt she was a wicked person…

XXII - Job has a Presentiment

'Come, come, Job,' I said seriously…

'And thou, too, oh Holly…'

'Thou lookest high,' answered Ayesha…

'Rise, Ayesha,' he said sadly…

XXIII - The Temple of Truth

In connection with the extraordinary state of preservation…

'There was a spot here, Kallikrates,' she said to Leo…

'Come,' said Ayesha, after we had gazed and gazed…

XXIV - Walking the Plank

'Goodness me, Leo,' I said…

'Here must we pass,' said Ayesha.

'We must wait awhile,' called Ayesha…

This settled me…

XXV - The Spirit of Life

'And I returned, having learned from him…'

'Such is the tale, my love…'

'I swear, even in this most holy hour…'

For a long period we travelled on thus…

We reached the head of the cave…

XXVI - What We Saw

'Oh, look! - look! - look!' shrieked Job…

But who can tell what had happened?

'Let's see it come once more,' said Leo…

XXVII - We Leap

Shortly after this, suddenly…

Clearly all that we could do was to trust…

XXVIII - Over the Mountain

'Billali,' I said, 'once, thou knowest, I did save thy life…'

'Farewell, my son the Baboon,' he said…

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