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Now let's go out and take a dust bath and leave old Fuss and Fevers to her nightmares. Minorca's disease. The Rose, the Fountain, and the Dove In a green valley, serene as a star and silent as the moon—except for the Saturday laughter of children and the sound of summer thunder—a rose and a fountain grew restless as time crept on. I could fish them up and dry them out and sell them to a king, if I had wings like you," she told the dove. I watch the stars that do not fall, and would not want to sell them.
Help, help, another spray! But the rose and the fountain kept after him every day of every week, and when the summer waned, they convinced the dove he loved the wood, admired horned owls, and ought to spend his life salvaging stars and meeting waterfalls in silver combat.
So the dove flew away into the wood and never came back. There were many varied rumors of the nature of his end.
The four winds whispered that the dove had ceased to be because of mossy stones, half-hidden violets, [Pg 78] or violence, malicious waterfalls, and owls in trees, but the wood thrush contended the dove had died while playing with burning stars. One thing was sure: The dove had ended the way no other dove had ever ended. The Bachelor Penguin and the Virtuous Mate One spring a bachelor penguin's fancy lightly turned, as it did in every season, to thoughts of illicit love.
It was this gay seducer's custom to make passes at the more desirable females after their mates had gone down to the sea to fish. He had found out that all the females in the community made a ritual of rearranging the sitting-room furniture, putting it back where it had been the day before, and they were only too glad to have a strong male help them move the heavier pieces.
Their mates had grown less and less interested in housework and more and more addicted to fishing, as time went on.
The bachelor penguin proved handy at putting on or taking off screen doors, removing keys wedged in locks meant for other keys, and rescuing the females from [Pg 80] other quandaries of their own making.
As the seasons rolled on, the handsome and well-groomed Casanova became a little jaded by his routine successes with the opposite sex. Then one morning, after the other male penguins had gone to the seashore to fish as usual, Don J. Penguin spied the prettiest female he had ever seen, trying, all by herself, [Pg 81] to move a sitting-room sofa back to the spot where it had been the day before. Don gallantly offered to help the matron in distress and she gladly accepted, with a shy look and a faint blush.
The next morning the bachelor, who knew how to play his cards, came back and helped the house penguin put on the screen door, and the following day he fixed the broken catch of her necklace, and the day after that he tightened the glass top of her percolator. After several weeks of this, the amorist began to suspect that he was being taken, and his intended victim corroborated his fears.
And so he spent the rest of his days working for the virtuous and guileful lady of his desire, moving sofas, taking things off and putting things on, loosening this and tightening that, and performing whatever other tasks his fair captor demanded of him.
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His bow tie became [Pg 83] untied, his dinner jacket lost its buttons, his trousers lost their crease, and his eyes lost their dream. He babbled of clocks, and of keys caught in locks, and everybody closed her door when he came waddling down the street except the penguin who had taken him in with a beauty as unattainable as the stars, and a shy look, and a faint blush as phony as a parrot's laugh.
One day her mate, returning early from the sea, caught a glimpse of Don leaving the house, and said, "What did old Droop Feather want? The Peacelike Mongoose In cobra country a mongoose was born one day who didn't want to fight cobras or anything else. The word spread from mongoose to mongoose that there was a mongoose who didn't want to fight cobras.
If he didn't want to fight anything else, it was his own business, but it was the duty of every mongoose to kill cobras or be killed by cobras. Strangers who had never laid eyes on the peacelike mongoose remembered that they had seen him crawling on his stomach, or trying on cobra hoods, or plotting the violent overthrow of Mongoosia. The Godfather and His Godchild A worldly-wise collector, who had trotted the globe collecting everything he could shoot, or download, or make off with, called upon his godchild, a little girl of five, after a year of collecting in various countries of the world.
I have diamonds from Africa, and a rhinoceros horn, scarabs from Egypt, emeralds from Guatemala, chessmen of ivory and gold, mooses' antlers, signal drums, ceremonial gongs, temple bells, and three rare and remarkable dolls. Now tell me," he concluded, patting the little girl on the head, "what do you want more than anything else in the world?
The Grizzly and the Gadgets A grizzly bear who had been on a bender for several weeks following a Christmas party in his home at which his brother-in-law had set the Christmas tree on fire, his children had driven the family car through the front door and out the back, and all the attractive female bears had gone into hibernation before sunset returned home prepared to forgive, and live and let live.
He found, to his mild annoyance, that the doorbell had been replaced by an ornamental knocker. When he lifted the knocker, he was startled to hear it play two bars of "Silent Night.
This was because the walls of his house had been soundproofed by a soundproofer who had soundproofed them so well nobody could hear anybody say anything six feet away. Inside the living room the grizzly bear turned [Pg 91] on the light switch, and the lights went on all right, but the turning of the switch had also released an odor of pine cones, which this particular bear had always found offensive. The head of the house, now becoming almost as angry as he had been on Christmas Day, sank into an easy chair and began bouncing up and down and up and down, for it was a brand-new contraption called "Sitpretty" which made you bounce up and down and up and down when you sat on it.
Now thoroughly exasperated, the bear jumped up from the chair and began searching for a cigarette. He found a cigarette box, a new-fangled cigarette box he had never seen before, which was made of metal and plastic in the shape of a castle, complete with portal and drawbridge and tower. The trouble was that the bear couldn't get the thing open. Then he made out, in tiny raised letters on the portal, a legend in rhyme: "You can have a cigarette on me If you can find the castle key.
He was a little mollified when he found that he had a cigar in his pocket, but no matches, and so he began looking around the living room for a matchbox. At last he saw one on a shelf.
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There were matches in it, all right, but no scratching surface on which to scratch them. On the bottom of the box, however, there was a neat legend explaining this lack. The message on the box read: "Safety safety matches are doubly safe because there is no dangerous dangerous sandpaper surface to scratch them on.
Strike them on a windowpane or on the seat of your pants. He pounded the matchbox into splinters, knocked over lamps, pulled pictures off the wall, threw rugs out of the broken window, swept vases and a clock off [Pg 93] [Pg 94] the mantelpiece, and overturned chairs and tables, growling and howling and roaring, shouting and bawling and cursing, until his wife was aroused from a deep dream of marrying a panda, neighbors appeared from blocks around, and the attractive female bears who had gone into hibernation began coming out of it to see what was going on.
The bear, deaf to the pleas of his mate, heedless of his neighbors' advice, and unafraid of the police, kicked over whatever was still standing in the house, and went roaring away for good, taking the most attractive of the attractive female bears, one named Honey, with him.
She laid an ordinary goose egg, like any other goose egg, and some joker gilded it when she left the nest for a snack or a snail.
When she came back and saw the gleaming surprise, [Pg 96] she cried, "Lo, I have laid the golden egg of lore and legend! People would talk. They would snatch my quills for souvenirs. I would be photographed all the time. The goose gladly accepted the offer. And so the hopeful rooster rolled the gilded goose egg to a nest and began sitting on it.
At the end of three weeks, all the hens left his bed and board. I know it will be a golden goose. I have already named her—Goldie. Resources and Downloads. In Our Time Trade Paperback Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! More books from this author: See more by Ernest Hemingway. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! See More Categories. Your First Name. Zip Code. Thank you! The horses kept slipping, and to the left of us yawned a deep fissure with a turbulent stream at the bottom that now slipped our of sight under a crust of ice, now plunged in frothy fury amidst black boulders.
It took us all of two hours to go around Mount Cross--two hours to negotiate barely one mile! In the meantime the clouds came lower and it began to hail and snow.
The wind bursting into the gorges howled and whistled like the Nightingale Robber , and soon the stone cross was blotted out by the mist which was coming in waves from the east, each wave thicker than the last.
Incidentally, there is a queer but generally accepted legend that this cross was raised by Emperor Peter I when he traveled through the Caucasus. Yet, in the first place, Peter was only in Daghestan, and, secondly, an inscription in big letters on the cross said it had been put up on the orders of General Yermolov, in , to be exact. Despite the inscription, the legend had taken such firm root that one is at a loss to know what to believe, all the more so since we are not used to putting our faith in inscriptions.
We had another three miles to go down along the ice-coated rocky ledges and through soft snow before reaching the station at Kobi. The horses were exhausted and we were thoroughly chilled, while the blizzard blew harder and harder much like our native, northern snow storms, except its wild refrain was sadder and more mournful. If we don't take care we'll find ourselves falling into a gorge or getting stuck in some hole, and the Baidara down there will probably be running too high to cross.
That's Asia for you! The rivers are as unreliable as the people. Had we not better turn to the left while there is still time? Over on that slope there are some huts, I believe. Travelers always stay over there in bad weather.
They always think up something to pick up a tip. They can tell by instinct when to take advantage of you--as if you couldn't find your way without them. The tattered inhabitants gave us a cordial welcome. Later I found out that the government pays and feeds them on condition that they take in wayfarers who are caught by the storm.
Anything that begins so strangely must end in the same way. She was a fine girl, Bela was! I grew as fond of her in the end as if she were my own daughter, and she was fond of me too. I ought to tell you that I have no family. I haven't heard about my father or mother for some twelve years now, and I didn't think about getting a wife earlier--and now, you've got to admit, it would no longer be quite right. So I was happy to have found someone to spoil. She would sing to us or dance the Lezghinka.
And how she danced! I've seen our provincial fine ladies and once some twenty years ago I was at the Nobles' Club in Moscow, but none of them could hold a candle to her.
Pechorin dressed her up like a doll, petted and fondled her, and she grew so lovely that it was amazing. The tan disappeared from her face and arms, and her cheeks grew rosy. How gay she was! How she used to tease me, the little vixen. May God forgive her! And when she was told, she cried for a couple of days and then forgot about it. Pechorin, I must have already told you, had a passion for hunting. Some irresistible force used to draw him to the forest to stalk wild boar or goats, but now he scarcely ventured beyond the ramparts.
Then I noticed he was growing restless again--he would pace up and down the room with his arms folded behind his back. One day without saying a word to anyone he took his gun and went out, and was gone all morning. That happened once, twice, and then more and more frequently.
Things are going badly, I thought, something must have come between them! First I thought a wild boar had injured him, then that the Chechen had carried him off to the mountains. And now I'm beginning to think that he doesn't love me. I am not forcing myself on him. And if this goes on I will leave myself! I am not his slave, I am a prince's daughter! He's a young man and likes to hunt. He'll go and he'll come back, but if you're going to mope around he'll only get tired of you quicker.
But very soon she threw herself on the bed again and hid her face in her hands. You see, I'd never had dealings with women. I racked my brains for some way to comfort her but couldn't think of anything.
For a time we both were silent. A most unpleasant situation, I assure you! The weather's fine. We went out, and in silence walked up and down the ramparts of the fortress. After a while she sat down on the turf, and I sat next to her. It's really funny to recall how I fussed over her like a nanny. We were sitting at a corner of a bastion and so we had a perfect view of either side. As I scanned the landscape, a man riding a gray horse emerged from the woods and came closer and closer, until he finally stopped on the far side of the creek two hundred yards or so from where we were and began spinning around on his horse like mad.
What the hell was that? Has he come to mock us? My grenadier took aim. He stood up in his stirrups, shouted something in his own language, shook his whip menacingly in the air--and in a flash was gone. He's gone off to die,' he replied. Bela ran to meet him and threw her arms around his neck, and not a single complaint, not a single reproach for his long absence did I hear. Even I had lost patience with him. These mountaineers are revenging people, and do you think he doesn't suspect you helped Azamat?
I'll bet he saw Bela here. And I happen to know that a year ago he was sure attracted by her--told me so himself, in fact. Had he had any hope of raising a substantial bride-price he surely would have asked for her in marriage. Bela, after today you mustn't go out on the ramparts any more. She began to waste away visibly, her face grew thin, and her eyes lost their glow.
Whenever I asked her, 'Why are you sighing, Bela? Are you sad? Whether it is my upbringing that made me like that or God who created me so, I don't know. I know only that if I cause unhappiness to others I myself am no less unhappy. I realize this is poor consolation for them--but the fact remains that it's so. In my early youth after leaving my parents, I plunged into all the pleasures money could download, and naturally these pleasures grew distasteful to me.
Then I went into high society, but soon enough grew tired of it; I fell in love with beautiful society women and was loved by them, but their love only aggravated my imagination and vanity while my heart remained desolate. I began to read and to study, but wearied of learning too. I saw that neither fame nor happiness depended on it in the slightest, for the happiest people were the most ignorant, and fame was a matter of luck, to achieve which you only had to be clever.
And I grew bored. Soon I was transferred to the Caucasus--this was the happiest time of my life. I hoped that boredom would not survive under Chechen bullets--but it's no use. In a month I had become so accustomed to their whine and the breath of death that, to tell the truth, the mosquitoes bothered me more, and life became more boring than ever because I had now lost practically my last hope.
When I saw Bela in my quarters, when I held her on my lap and first kissed her raven locks, I foolishly thought she was an angel sent down to me by a compassionate Providence. Again I was mistaken: the love of a savage girl is little better than that of a well-born lady. The ignorance and simplicity of the one are as boring as the coquetry of the other. I still love her, if you want to know.
I am grateful to her for a few rather blissful moments. I am ready to die for her even, but I am really bored with her. I don't know whether I am a fool or a scoundrel, but the fact is that I am to be pitied as much, if not more than she.
My soul has been warped by the world, my mind is restless, my heart insatiable--nothing satisfies me. I grow accustomed to sorrow as readily as to joy, and my life becomes emptier from day to day. Only one thing is left for me, and that is to travel.
As soon as possible I'll set out--not for Europe, God forbid--but for America, Arabia, India--and maybe I'll die somewhere on the road! Ar least I'm sure that with the help of storms and bad roads this consolation won't soon cease to be a last resort.
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You probably were in the capital recently; perhaps you can tell me," the captain went on, talking to me, "whether the young people there are all like that? The captain didn't understand these subtleties, and he shook his head and smiled shyly. The captain's remark, however, was more excusable, for in order to abstain from drink he naturally tried to reassure himself that all the misfortunes in the world are caused by intemperance.
I tried to resist, for what was a wild boar to me, but finally he did drag me with him. We set out early in the morning, taking five soldiers with us. Until ten o'clock we poked about the reeds and the woods without seeing a single animal. You can see for yourself it's an unlucky day. That's how he was: if he set his mind on something, he had to get it--his mother must have spoiled him as a child. At last around noon we came upon the cussed boar--bang!
After a short rest we set out for home. We looked at each other, and the same suspicion flashed through our minds. Galloping in the direction of the sound, we saw a group of soldiers huddled together on the rampart, pointing to the field where a horseman was scooting off into the distance at breakneck speed with something white across his saddle. Pechorin yelled not a bit worse than any Chechen, drew his pistol from its holster and dashed in pursuit, and I after him.
They strained under the saddle, and with every moment we gained on our target. Finally I recognized Kazbich, though I couldn't make out what he was holding in front of him. I drew up next to Pechorin and shouted to him: 'It's Kazbich!
Whether his horse was exhausted or whether it was worse than ours I don't know, but he wasn't able to get much speed out of the animal in spite of his efforts to urge it on.
I am sure he was thinking of his Karagyoz then. The shot rang out and the bullet wounded the horse in a hind leg. The animal made another dozen leaps before it stumbled and fell on its knees. Kazbich sprang from the saddle, and now we saw he was holding a woman bound in a veil in his arms. It was Bela. He shouted something to us in his own language and raised his knife over her.
There was no time to waste and I fired impulsively. I must have hit him in the shoulder, for his arm suddenly dropped. When the smoke blew away there was the wounded horse lying on the ground and Bela next to it, while Kazbich, who had thrown away his gun, was scrambling up a cliff through the bushes like a cat.
I wanted to pick him off but my gun needed reloading now. We slipped out of the saddle and ran toward Bela. The poor girl lay motionless, blood streaming from her wound.
The villain! Had he struck her in the heart, it all would have been over in a moment, but to stab her in the back in the foulest way! She was unconscious. We tore the veil into strips and bandaged the wound as tightly as we could. In vain did Pechorin kiss her cold lips--nothing could bring her back to consciousness. He put his arm around her and we started back.
After several minutes of silence, Grigoriy Aleksandrovich spoke: 'Listen, Maksim Maksimich, we'll never get her home alive at this pace. At the fort gates a crowd was awaiting us. We carried the wounded girl gently into Pechorin's quarters and sent for the surgeon. Although he was drunk, he came at our summons, and after examining the wound said the girl could not live more than a day. But he was wrong.
It was very hot, you know, and she had sat down on a rock and dipped her feet into the water. Kazbich crept up, grabbed and gagged her, dragged her into the bushes, jumped on his horse and galloped off. She managed to scream, however, and the sentries gave the alarm, fired after him but missed, and that's when we arrived on the scene.
These Circassians are notorious thieves. Their fingers itch for anything that lies unguarded. Whether they need it or not, they steal--they just can't help themselves! Besides he had long had his eye on Bela. About ten o'clock at night she regained consciousness. We were sitting at her bedside. As soon as she opened her eyes, she asked for Pechorin. We began to reassure her, saying that the surgeon had promised to cure her without fail, but she shook her head and turned to the wall.
She didn't want to die! Her head was on fire and every now and then she shook with fever. She was now talking incoherently about her father and brother. She wanted to go back to her mountains and home. Then she also talked about Pechorin, calling him all kinds of tender names or reproaching him for not loving his dzhanechka any more. But throughout it all I didn't notice a single tear on his lashes--whether he held himself in deliberately, I don't know. As for myself, I had never witnessed anything more heart-breaking.
For about an hour she lay motionless, pale and so weak that her breathing was barely perceptible. Presently she felt better and began to speak again, but can you guess of what? Such thoughts can occur only to the dying. She regretted that she was not a Christian and that in the world beyond, her soul would never meet Grigoriy Aleksandrovich's, that some other woman would be his soulmate in paradise.
It occurred to me that she might be baptized before death, but when I suggested this she looked at me in indecision for a long time, unable to say a word. At last she replied that she would die in the faith in which she had been born.
So the whole day passed. How she changed in that day! Her death-white cheeks grew sunken, her eyes seemed to become larger and larger, and her lips were burning. The fever within her was like a red-hot iron pressing upon her breast.
She was in terrible agony, she moaned, but as soon as the pain subsided a little she tried to assure Pechorin that she was feeling better, urged him to get some sleep, and kissed his hand and clung to it with her own.
Just before daybreak the agony of death set in, and she tossed on the bed, tearing off the bandage so that the blood flowed again.
When the wound was dressed she calmed down for a moment and asked Pechorin to kiss her. He knelt next to the bed, raised her head from the pillow and pressed his lips against hers, which were now growing chill.
She twisted her trembling arms tightly around his neck as if by this kiss she wished to give her soul to him. Yes, it was good that she died! What would have happened to her had Pechorin abandoned her? And that was bound to happen sooner or later.
We opened the windows, but it was hotter outside than in the room. We placed ice next to her bed, but nothing helped. I knew that this unbearable thirst was a sign that the end was approaching, and I said so to Pechorin. I buried my face in my hands and began to recite a prayer, I can't remember which. Yes, sir, I had been through a great deal in my time, had seen men die in hospitals and on the battlefield, but it had been nothing like this!
I must confess that there was something else that made me sad--not once before her death did she remember me, and I think I loved her like a father.
But then who am I that anyone would remember me on their death bed? We pressed a mirror to her lips, but nothing showed on it. I led Pechorin out of the room, and then we walked on the fort wall, pacing back and forth side by side for a long while without uttering a word, our hands behind our backs. It angered me to detect no sign of emotion on his face, for in his place I'd have died of grief. Finally, he sat down on the ground in the shade and began to draw something in the sand with a stick.
I began to speak, wishing to console him, more for the sake of good form than anything else, you know, whereupon he looked up and laughed. That laugh sent cold shivers running up and down my spine. I went to order the coffin.
I covered the coffin with a piece of Persian silk I had and ornamented it with some Circassian silver lace Grigoriy Aleksandrovich had bought for her.
The small grave is now surrounded by white acacia and elder bushes.
I wanted to put up a cross, but that was a bit awkward, you know, for after all she was not a Christian. But we never spoke about Bela after that. I saw it'd be painful for him, so why should I mention her? Some three months later he was ordered to join the N regiment, and he went to Georgia.
I haven't seen him since. Oh yes, I remember someone telling me recently that he had returned to Russia, though it hadn't been mentioned in the divisional orders. Usually it takes a long time before news reaches us here. I neither interrupted him nor listened. An hour later it was already possible to continue our journey. The blizzard had died down and the sky cleared up, and we set out.
On the road, however, I couldn't help directing the conversation back to Bela and Pechorin. Really, I don't know. I have heard that the Shapsugs on the right flank of the line have a Kazbich, a daredevil fellow who wears a red beshmet, rides at a trot under our fire and bows with exaggerated politeness whenever a bullet whistles near him, but I doubt whether it's the same man. At the time we didn't think we'd ever meet again, yet we did, and if you wish, I'll tell you about it, but that is a story in itself.
You must admit, however, that Maksim Maksimich is a man you can respect. If you do admit it, I'll be amply rewarded for my story, overlong though it may have been. I won't bore you with descriptions of mountains, exclamations that mean nothing and canvases that convey nothing, especially to those who have never been in these places, nor with statistical observations which, I'm certain, no one would bother to read. I stayed at an inn where all travelers stay and where, incidentally, there is no one to serve you a roast pheasant or a plate of cabbage soup, for the three veterans in charge are either so stupid or so drunk that there is nothing to be got from them.
I was told that I would have to stay there for another three days, because the "occasional" [okaziya, or detail] from Yekaterinograd hadn't come in yet, and therefore couldn't set out on the return trip. What an occasion! But a bad pun is no consolation to a Russian and in order to while away the time I decided to write down Maksim Maksimich's story about Bela, quite unaware that it would turn out to be the first link in a long chain of tales.William went to live with a cat-crazy woman [Pg 56] who had nineteen other cats, but they could not stand William's egotism or the tall tales of his mythical exploits, honors, blue ribbons, silver cups, and medals, and so they all left the woman's house and went to live happily in huts and hovels.
And that was bound to happen sooner or later. The primary and essential object of catechesis is, to use an expression dear to St. He didn't stand on ceremony. Instead he pointed to a tall mountain rising directly ahead of us. His poetry, though callow, showed moments of genius. I am no Maksim Maksimich: I am captain to you! May God forgive her! I looked out of the window.
I do not know.