The Great God Pan - Arthur Machen - Страница 1 из 79


THE GREAT GOD PAN
by
ARTHUR MACHEN
CONTENTS
I THE EXPERIMENT
II MR. CLARKE'S MEMOIRS
III THE CITY OF RESURRECTIONS
IV THE DISCOVERY IN PAUL STREET
V THE LETTER OF ADVICE
VI THE SUICIDES
VII THE ENCOUNTER IN SOHO
VIII THE FRAGMENTS
I
THE EXPERIMENT
"I am glad you came, Clarke; very glad indeed. I was not sure you
could spare the time."
"I was able to make arrangements for a few days; things are not very
lively just now. But have you no misgivings, Raymond? Is it
absolutely safe?"
The two men were slowly pacing the terrace in front of Dr. Raymond's
house. The sun still hung above the western mountain-line, but it
shone with a dull red glow that cast no shadows, and all the air was
quiet; a sweet breath came from the great wood on the hillside above,
and with it, at intervals, the soft murmuring call of the wild doves.
Below, in the long lovely valley, the river wound in and out between
the lonely hills, and, as the sun hovered and vanished into the west, a
faint mist, pure white, began to rise from the hills. Dr. Raymond
turned sharply to his friend.
"Safe? Of course it is. In itself the operation is a perfectly simple
one; any surgeon could do it."
"And there is no danger at any other stage?"
"None; absolutely no physical danger whatsoever, I give you my word.
You are always timid, Clarke, always; but you know my history. I have
devoted myself to transcendental medicine for the last twenty years. I
have heard myself called quack and charlatan and impostor, but all the


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