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Page 476 - We found the opening of the chamber which we now approached, guarded by a trench of unknown depth, and wide enough to require a good leap/ The first Arab jumped the ditch and we all followed him. The passage we entered was extremely small, and so low in some places as to oblige us to crawl flat on the ground, and almost always on our hands and knees. The intricacies of its windings resembled a labyrinth, and it terminated at length in a chamber much smaller than that which we had left, but, like...
Page 476 - At this moment the torch of the first Arab went out : I was close to him, and saw him fall on his side; he uttered a groan — his legs were strongly convulsed, and I heard a rattling noise in his throat — he was dead. The Arab behind me, seeing the torch of his companion extinguished, and conceiving he had stumbled, past me, advanced to his assistance, and stooped, I observed him appear faint, totter, and fall in a moment — he also was dead.
Page 392 - Johnson's very striking picture of it, viz. " that it is a melancholy attendance on misery, a mean submission to peevishness, and a continual interruption to pleasure.
Page 476 - Even supposing we took the shortest road, it was but too probable our strength would fail us before we arrived. We had each of us separately and unknown to one another observed attentively the different shapes of the stones which projected into the galleries we had passed, so that each had an imperfect clue to the labyrinth we had now to retrace. We compared notes, and only on one occasion had a dispute, the American differing from my friend and myself; in this dilemma we were determined by the majority,...
Page 476 - Arab came forward and made an effort to approach the bodies, but stopped short. We looked at each other in silent horror. The danger increased every instant ; our torches burnt faintly ; our breathing became more difficult ; our knees tottered under us, and we felt our strength nearly gone. There was no time to be lost ; the American, Barthow, cried to us to " take courage," and we began to move back as fast as we could.
Page 50 - Thou art my father; and to the worm, Thou art my mother and sister ;" that is, to familiarize these things to me.
Page 476 - The windings of the passages through which we had come increased the difficulty of our escape ; we might take a wrong turn, and never reach the great chamber we had first entered. Even supposing we took the shortest road, it was but too probable our strength would fail us before we arrived. We had each of us separately, and unknown to one another, observed attentively...
Page 477 - Exhausted with fatigue and terror, we reached the edge of the deep trench, which remained to be crossed before we got into the great chamber.— Mustering all my strength, I leaped, and was followed by the American. Smelt stood on the brink ready to drop with fatigue. He called to us, — " For God's sake to help him over the fosse, or at least to stop, if only for five minutes, to allow him to recover his strength.
Page 526 - ... the process again. In hot countries, the powder will, after each process, recover its power by drying in the sun. Ice may therefore be procured in the tropical climates, and even at sea, with very little trouble, and no sort of risk or inconvenience.