The Lotus Lantern Mary Imlay Taylor

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Published: 1911

Hardcover

308 pages


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The Lotus Lantern  by  Mary Imlay Taylor

The Lotus Lantern by Mary Imlay Taylor
1911 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 308 pages | ISBN: | 4.74 Mb

This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Ill HALLARD awoke the next morning in his room at the Kaihin-in at Kamakura. He turned over in bed and stared out through the half-open shoji into the hama-matsu. He looked deep into theirMoreThis is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Ill HALLARD awoke the next morning in his room at the Kaihin-in at Kamakura.

He turned over in bed and stared out through the half-open shoji into the hama-matsu. He looked deep into their graceful boughs, and through their black-green caught glimpses of a long blue line keen against the sky, — the distant line of the sea. A breeze stirred and the pines whispered among themselves, whispered, perhaps, of the sea and the Island of the Tortoise and the Dragon King. The soft lucidity of the atmosphere lent to the simple scene a strange beauty that had already cast its spell upon Hallard.

He got up and went to the window, strangely possessed with the idea that he had dreamed of a wonderful beach, of the spirit lanterns aglow on a summer sea, and of a little, flowerlike maiden who had been afraid, absurdly afraid, of the Golden Dragon. Before him were vivid realities- children were playing in pine woods- a kurumaya, in his blue coat and drawers, sat on the ground wiping his head with a blue towel, covered with white hieroglyphics- a fisherman, his naked brown back stillglistening with sea-spray, was selling shining silver fish to a musume from the inn.

The air was fragrant with the aromatic scent of the pines, the sky was splendidly blue- the glory of the day had swept away the vapors and the spirits of the night. Hallard stood unconvinced. It was, indeed, broad day, and this was Kamakura- he had surely returned last night from Horiuchi, but that other vision by the moonlit bay, was that also real? Or had the little sea-nymph, in her gray robes with their gleaming scroll-work, their butterfly-winglike sleeves, gone down to the sea in the shoryobune? Then he started, for he had become suddenly aware that the kurumaya who squatted in the sand was almost hunch-backed, that h...



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