The Jewel of Seven Stars [NOOK Book]

The Jewel of Seven Stars

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Overview

Contents

I A Summons in the Night
II Strange Instructions
III The Watchers
IV The Second Attempt
V More Strange Instructions
VI Suspicions
VII The Traveller's Loss
VIII The Finding of the Lamps
IX The Need of Knowledge
X The Valley of the Sorcerer
XI A Queen's Tomb
XII The Magic Coffer
XIII Awaking From the Trance
XIV The Birth-Mark
XV The Purpose of Queen Tera
XVI The Cavern
XVII Doubts and Fears
XVIII The Lesson of the "Ka"
XIX The Great Experiment




Chapter I

A Summons in the Night


It all seemed so real that I could hardly imagine that it had ever
occurred before; and yet each episode came, not as a fresh step in the
logic of things, but as something expected. It is in such a wise that
memory plays its pranks for good or ill; for pleasure or pain; for weal
or woe. It is thus that life is bittersweet, and that which has been
done becomes eternal.

Again, the light skiff, ceasing to shoot through the lazy water as when
the oars flashed and dripped, glided out of the fierce July sunlight
into the cool shade of the great drooping willow branches--I standing
up in the swaying boat, she sitting still and with deft fingers
guarding herself from stray twigs or the freedom of the resilience of
moving boughs. Again, the water looked golden-brown under the canopy
of translucent green; and the grassy bank was of emerald hue. Again,
we sat in the cool shade, with the myriad noises of nature both without
and within our bower merging into that drowsy hum in whose sufficing
environment the great world with its disturbing trouble, and its more
disturbing joys, can be effectually forgotten. Again, in that blissful
solitude the young girl lost the convention of her prim, narrow
upbringing, and told me in a natural, dreamy way of the loneliness of
her new life. With an undertone of sadness she made me feel how in that
spacious home each one of the household was isolated by the personal
magnificence of her father and herself; that there confidence had no
altar, and sympathy no shrine; and that there even her father's face
was as distant as the old country life seemed now. Once more, the
wisdom of my manhood and the experience of my years laid themselves at
the girl's feet. It was seemingly their own doing; for the individual
"I" had no say in the matter, but only just obeyed imperative orders.
And once again the flying seconds multiplied themselves endlessly. For
it is in the arcana of dreams that existences merge and renew
themselves, change and yet keep the same--like the soul of a musician
in a fugue. And so memory swooned, again and again, in sleep.

It seems that there is never to be any perfect rest. Even in Eden the
snake rears its head among the laden boughs of the Tree of Knowledge.
The silence of the dreamless night is broken by the roar of the
avalanche; the hissing of sudden floods; the clanging of the engine
bell marking its sweep through a sleeping American town; the clanking
of distant paddles over the sea.... Whatever it is, it is breaking the
charm of my Eden. The canopy of greenery above us, starred with
diamond-points of light, seems to quiver in the ceaseless beat of
paddles; and the restless bell seems as though it would never cease....

All at once the gates of Sleep were thrown wide open, and my waking
ears took in the cause of the disturbing sounds. Waking existence is
prosaic enough--there was somebody knocking and ringing at someone's
street door.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014206211
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 4/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 217 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    Another of Bram's greatest

    The movie 'The Mummy' was made after this book, and the books great if you like mummies strangling people and all that. I you could have selective amnesia you could enjoy the suspense of it, but since most peolple have heard of 'The Mummy' know the mummy's the one killing people, it ruins the surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Highly recommend, a suspenceful thriller

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Highly Recommended It was Just What I expected

    A wonderful read it was just what i thought it would be. very good story line very developed caricatures and setting will read again.you will enjoy this book.

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    Posted May 13, 2012

    Dapplerain

    Quailheart? Is this the book?

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Story to film

    The film THE AWAKENING starring Charlton Heston is directly based on this book.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Great Book

    Great book, kept me interested for the entire story.

    1800's mummy/magic/mystery.

    The ending will keep you guessing.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    Victorian classic read

    From the author of Dracula. Set in England, the curse of an Egyptian female mummy haunts a collector who follows clues to undo the curse. A bit weak on the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005

    Long-winded & Disappointing

    Great beginning, but fell short. Kept skipping around waiting for something to happen, which took a very long time (too much nonessential detail). Only finished the book because of who the author was, otherwise would have given up. Uneventful ending you could easily predict 1/3 of the way into it.(Boring read.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    great mummy story

    I liked this better than Stoker's Dracula...but, then, i like mummies better than vampires. This is well written with very nice phrasing. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. A must for anyone who likes ancient Egypt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2001

    A suspense book

    this is a good book if you like horror stories or ones with mummies. This is a book about a man trying to help the father of a woman who he likes when he is harmed mysteriously in a room of Egyptian artifacts. The suspense keeps you going all the way to the end. The end of the story will suprise you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    Classic Victorian Thriller

    The novel creates a very surreal dreamlike atmosphere and I think purposely overlooks explaining some details in order to draw the reader trance-like into the events that are overwhelming the characters. It is not the absolute masterpiece that 'Dracula' is, but it is a very unique and well worth reading tale of supernatural intrigue.

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