Beasts and Super-Beasts [NOOK Book]

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Leonard Bilsiter was one of those people who have failed to find this world attractive or interesting, and who have sought compensation in an "unseen world" of their own experience or imagination-or invention. Children do that sort of thing successfully, but children are content to convince themselves, and do not vulgarise their beliefs by trying to convince other people. Leonard Bilsiter's beliefs were for "the few," that is to say, anyone who would listen to him.
His dabblings...
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Overview

Leonard Bilsiter was one of those people who have failed to find this world attractive or interesting, and who have sought compensation in an "unseen world" of their own experience or imagination-or invention. Children do that sort of thing successfully, but children are content to convince themselves, and do not vulgarise their beliefs by trying to convince other people. Leonard Bilsiter's beliefs were for "the few," that is to say, anyone who would listen to him.
His dabblings in the unseen might not have carried him beyond the customary platitudes of the drawing-room visionary if accident had not reinforced his stock-in-trade of mystical lore. In company with a friend, who was interested in a Ural mining concern, he had made a trip across Eastern Europe at a moment when the great Russian railway strike was developing from a threat to a reality; its outbreak caught him on the return journey, somewhere on the further side of Perm, and it was while waiting for a couple of days at a wayside station in a state of suspended locomotion that he made the acquaintance of a dealer in harness and metalware, who profitably whiled away the tedium of the long halt by initiating his English travelling companion in a fragmentary system of folk-lore that he had picked up from Trans-Baikal traders and natives. Leonard returned to his home circle garrulous about his Russian strike experiences, but oppressively reticent about certain dark mysteries, which he alluded to under the resounding title of Siberian Magic. The reticence wore off in a week or two under the influence of an entire lack of general curiosity, and Leonard began to make more detailed allusions to the enormous powers which this new esoteric force, to use his own description of it, conferred on the initiated few who knew how to wield it. His aunt, Cecilia Hoops, who loved sensation perhaps rather better than she loved the truth, gave him as clamorous an advertisement as anyone could wish for by retailing an account of how he had turned a vegetable marrow into a wood pigeon before her very eyes. As a manifestation of the possession of supernatural powers, the story was discounted in some quarters by the respect accorded to Mrs. Hoops' powers of imagination.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781775417453
  • Publisher: The Floating Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 288 KB

Meet the Author

Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 13 November 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, and also frequently as H. H. Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirised Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, and Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward, and P. G. Wodehouse.
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Table of Contents

The she-wolf -- Laura -- The boar-pig -- The Brogue -- The hen -- The open window -- The treasure-ship -- The cobweb -- The lull -- The unkindest blow -- The romancers -- The Schartz-Metterklume method -- The seventh pullet -- The blind spot -- Dusk -- A touch of realism -- Cousin Teresa -- The Yarkand manner -- The Byzantine omelette -- The Feast of Nemesis -- The dreamer -- The quince tree -- The forbidden buzzards -- The stake -- Clovis on parental responsibilities -- A holiday task -- The stalled ox -- The story-teller -- A defensive diamond -- The elk -- Down pens -- The name-day -- The lumber room -- Fur -- The philanthropist and the happy cat -- On approval.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Darkeyes

    "Clan cats." He laughed.

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    Posted December 15, 2013

    Sandpool

    She smiled and nuzzled him back. "Yes lets go."

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    Posted December 15, 2013

    Thornheart

    Oh thank god your okay. He nzzled her.lets go back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Riversong to darkeye

    Stop this now. She meowed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Mischeif

    The she from BloodClan stalks in

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    Posted December 15, 2013

    Blizzardfoot

    "Sandpool, I'm only doing this for mom's sake." He let his second soul leave him. The silver whisp flooded into Sandpools body healing everything. "Darkeyes is not my father. I have no choice though. Goodluck."

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    Frostpelt

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    Posted November 27, 2013

    Emma

    (Sorry couon't post) "the usual, you?"

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    Posted November 30, 2013

    Emma

    She gigfled and swam after him baraly missing his foot.

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    Posted December 1, 2013

    Drake

    Swam into a wall, trapped. "Uh.. "

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    Posted November 29, 2013

    Kolt

    *he looks at evrryone*

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    Posted November 28, 2013

    Lukas

    Hey

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    Posted November 27, 2013

    Rachelle

    "Yea?" She looks up," im Rachelle Montgomry."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Wry and amusing stories by Saki. Some great stuff in here!

    Wry and amusing stories by Saki. Some great stuff in here!

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