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ALLAN QUATERMAIN
By H. Rider Haggard
I inscribe this book of adventure to my son ARTHUR JOHN RIDER HAGGARD in
the hope that in days to come he, and many other boys whom I shall
never know, may, in the acts and thoughts of Allan Quatermain and his
companions, as herein recorded, find something to help him and them
to reach to what, with Sir Henry Curtis, I hold to be the highest rank
whereto we can attain--the state and dignity of English gentlemen.
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
I THE CONSUL'S YARN
II THE BLACK HAND
III THE MISSION STATION
IV ALPHONSE AND HIS ANNETTE
V UMSLOPOGAAS MAKES A PROMISE
VI THE NIGHT WEARS ON
VII A SLAUGHTER GRIM AND GREAT
VIII ALPHONSE EXPLAINS
IX INTO THE UNKNOWN
X THE ROSE OF FIRE
XI THE FROWNING CITY
XII THE SISTER QUEENS
XIII ABOUT THE ZU-VENDI PEOPLE
XIV THE FLOWER TEMPLE
XV SORAIS' SONG
XVI BEFORE THE STATUE
XVII THE STORM BREAKS
XVIII WAR! RED WAR!
XIX A STRANGE WEDDING
XX THE BATTLE OF THE PASS
XXI AWAY! AWAY!
XXII HOW UMSLOPOGAAS HELD THE STAIR
XXIII I HAVE SPOKEN
INTRODUCTION
December 23
'I have just buried my boy, my poor handsome boy of whom I was so proud,
and my heart is broken. It is very hard having only one son to lose him
thus, but God's will be done. Who am I that I should complain? The great
wheel of Fate rolls on like a Juggernaut, and crushes us all in turn,
some soon, some late--it does not matter when, in the end, it crushes us


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