21/09/2020

Bubastis

All will be ready there, and thou shalt have thy pleasure of me, and no one in the world shall know it, and I shall not have acted like a woman of the streets.`” When the page had returned to Setna, he repeated to him all the words that she had said without exception, and he said, “Lo, I am satisfied.” But all who were with Setna began to curse.

Setna caused a boat to be fetched; he embarked, and delayed not to arrive at Bubastis. He went to the west of the town, until he came to a house that was very high; it had a wall all round it, it had a garden on the north side, there was a flight of steps in front of it. Setna inquired saying. “Whose is this house?” They said to him, “It is the house of Tbubui.”

Setna entered the grounds, and he marveled at the pavilion situated in the garden while they told Tbubui; she came down, she took the hand of Setna, and she said to him, “By my life the journey to the house of the priest of Bastit, lady of Ankhut

Temple Ptah

Then Setna went to the King, and told him everything that had hap to him with the book. And the King said to Setna, “Take back the book to the grave of Na.nefer.ka.ptah, like a prudent man, or else he will make you bring it with a forked stick in your hand, and a firepan on your head.” However, Setna would not listen to him; and when Setna had unrolled the book, he did nothing on earth but read it to everybody.

After that it happened one day, when Setna was walking near the temple of Ptah, lie saw a woman of such beauty that another could not be found to equal her. On her there was much gold, and with her were fifty-two servants. From the time that Setna beheld her, he no longer knew the part of the world he lived in. He called his page, saying, “Do not delay going to the place where that woman is and finding out who she is.” The young page made no delay. He addressed the maidservant who walked behind her, and questioned her, “What person is that?” She said to

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“He turned to the haven, and sailed down, and delayed not in the north of Koptos. When he was come to the place where we fell into the river, he said to his heart: `shall I not better turn back again to Koptos that I may lie by them? For, if not, when I go down to Memphis, and the King asks after his children, what shall I say to him? Can I tell him, “I have taken your children to the Thebaid, and killed them, while I remained alive, and I have come to Memphis still alive”?

Then he made them bring him a linen cloth of striped byssus; he made a band, bound the book firmly, and tied it upon him. Na.nefer.ka.ptah then went out of the awning of the royal boat and fell into the river. He cried on Ra; and all those who were on the bank made an outcry, saying: `Great woe! Sad woe! Is he lost, that good scribe and able man that has no equal?`

“The royal boat went on, without anyone on earth knowing where Na.nefer.ka.ptah was. It went on to Memphis, and they

Neighbor part 4

Husband! He had never thought of that.Suddenly a cold sweat appeared on his brow. He went out and roamed until dawnaround the quiet, moonlit lake, filled with the reflection of bright starswhich resembled greenish sparkling fireflies.

He was just about to lie down, when a tap,tap, tap sounded on the window pane. His charming neighbor appeared, just likethe dawn, golden and blushing, rose-like and white, in a lace morning gown, herlovely blue eyes still heavy with sleep. She held a little finger to her red,sinful lips, luscious and sanguine, as a sign of silence.

“I found no peace throughout the night,” hewhispered, pale and weary.

“Do not fear. I understand you. Do not fear,Peter; I am true to you alone!”

And only the trembling of a flower from herbreath remained, as Tkalac extended his hungry arms towards the quiet, bloomingwindow, lit by the first rays of the sun, while from above was heard theunpleasant voice of a man, s

Neighbor part 3

“Be righteous, Pero, not being successfulas a soldier. Even be a laborer, but remain honest as all your ancestors. Hereis a revolver which may be of use to you, even for yourself, in case of anyshame you may commit, to yourself or to me. It is better to die honorably thanto live in disgrace.”

And Tkalac found, in the disorder of hisluggage, which was like that of a gipsy`s, a photograph, and although it wasquite dark, a lady, somewhat gray-haired, stepped out of the picture—she wasstill of a girlish build, pale, attractive, dark-eyed, with a permanent, sadsmile—and this foreigner, after two years of dissipation, pressed this dear,lifeless relic to his lips, weeping like a child before going to sleep, greatbig tears; and consoled by the shadow of his dead mother, he fell asleepwithout so much as removing his clothes.

He was abruptly awakened by a tapping on the window. Knowing every emotion except fear, he was greatly surprised and thought he

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From the huge yard, transformed into a garden, was wafted an agreeable breeze. A canary was heard singing from a nearby window, and elsewhere a sweetly grieving strain from a Chopin ballad was audible. Tkalac followed the curling smoke of his cigarette, dreaming, with eyes open, like a savage. Suddenly he winced. On his bare, perspiring neck, he felt some drops. He wiped them off with his hand-kerchief, but, alas, rain again, and from a clear June sky. The young man turned his head, and above, from the upper window among the flower-pots and blossoms, there blushed a beautiful woman who lacked words to excuse herself and was powerless to turn her eyes from his confused countenance.

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Antun Gustav Matos was the son of a village schoolmaster. Shortly after his birth he was taken to Zagreb, where he received his early education. Later he went to Vienna and studied veterinary medicine, but as that failed to interest him he went to Prague. Being without a degree, he was drafted into the army as a private. He was sent to prison for violating some military rule, but escaped to Belgrade, where he played in the orchestra of the Royal Theatre. After many wanderings through Europe, he was pardoned and returned to Zagreb, where he worked as a journalist and teacher. There he did a great deal of miscellaneous writing. He died of cancer in 1914. Matos was a literary radical and a “Realist.” As critic, teacher, and novelist, he did more than any other prose writer to develop a native Croatian literature.

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