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The Jewel of Seven Stars

By Stoker, Bram

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Title: The Jewel of Seven Stars  
Author: Stoker, Bram
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collection: Classic Literature Collection
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Publisher: World Ebook Library

IT ALL SEEMED SO REAL THAT I COULD HARDLY IMAGINE that it had ever occurred before; and yet each episode came, not as a fresh step in the logic of things, but as something expected. It is in such wise that memory plays its pranks for good or ill; for pleasure or pain; for weal or woe. It is thus that life is bitter-sweet, and that which has been done becomes eternal. Again, the light skiff, ceasing to shoot through the lazy water as when the oars flashed and dripped, glided out of the fierce July sunlight into the cool shade of the great drooping willow branches—I standing up in the swaying boat, she sitting still and with deft fingers guarding herself from stray twigs or the freedom of the resilience of moving boughs. Again, the water, looked golden-brown under the canopy of translucent green; and the grassy bank was of emerald hue. Again, we sat in the cool shade, with the myriad noises of nature both without and within our bower merging into that drowsy hum in whose sufficing environment the great world with its disturbing trouble, and its more disturbing joys, can be effectually forgotten. Again, in that blissful solitude the young girl lost the convention of her prim, narrow up-bringing and told me in a natural, dreamy way of the loneliness of her new life. With an undertone of sadness she made me feel how in that spacious home each one of the household was isolated by the personal magnificence of her father and herself; that there confidence had no altar, or sympathy no shrine; and that there even her father's face was as distant as the old country life seemed now. Once more, the wisdom of my manhood and the experience of my years laid themselves at the girl's feet. It was seemingly their own doing; for the individual T had no say in the matter, but only just obeyed imperative orders. And once again the flying seconds multiplied themselves endlessly. For it is in the arcana of dreams that existences merge and renew themselves,' change and yet keep the same -- like the soul of a musician in a fugue. And so memory swooned, again and again, in sleep.

Table of Contents
· CHAPTER I. A Summons in the Night · CHAPTER II. Strange Instructions · CHAPTER III. The Watchers · CHAPTER IV. The Second Attempt · CHAPTER V. More Strange Instructions · CHAPTER VI. Suspicions · CHAPTER VII. The Traveller's Loss · CHAPTER VIII. The Finding of the Lamps · CHAPTER IX. The Need of Knowledge · CHAPTER X. The Valley of the Sorcerer · CHAPTER XI. A Queen's Tomb · CHAPTER XII. The Magic Coffer · CHAPTER XIII. Awaking from the Trance · CHAPTER XIV. The Birthmark · CHAPTER XV. The Purpose of Queen Tera · CHAPTER XVI. Powers--Old and New · CHAPTER XVII. The Cavern · CHAPTER XVIII. Doubts and Fears · CHAPTER XIX. The Lesson of the 'Ka' · CHAPTER XX. The Great Experiment


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