When the World Shook: Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot [NOOK Book]

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When the World Shook - Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot - by H. Rider Haggard.

When the World Shook is a novel by H. Rider Haggard written in 1919. It deals with the adventures of Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot as they travel to the south sea island of Orofenia. The story begins as the main character, Humphrey Arbuthnot-a writer of adventure stories-is married to his wife Natalie. Shortly there after she claims that she is going to die ...

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When the World Shook - Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot - by H. Rider Haggard.

When the World Shook is a novel by H. Rider Haggard written in 1919. It deals with the adventures of Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot as they travel to the south sea island of Orofenia. The story begins as the main character, Humphrey Arbuthnot-a writer of adventure stories-is married to his wife Natalie. Shortly there after she claims that she is going to die soon even after she has been given a clean bill of health from their doctor, Bastin. Right as Natalie dies she tells Arbuthnot that shortly after she dies he'll want to travel somewhere and that is where the two shall meet again.

She dies, and shortly there after Arbunoth has a sudden urge to travel to the Pacific islands. He gets on a ship with his doctor, Bastin, a priest, Bickley, and his dog, Toby. The ship is then taken by a cyclone after all the crew abandons ship save for the three adventurers. When they awake they find themselves shipwrecked on the south sea island of Orofena.

Here they meet the Orofean people who worship a God called Oro, who is a war God. The men win the love of the Orofeans as Bastin teaches the men western medicine techniques and saves a few lives. They are told not to go to a part of the island named Oromatuas which is a volcano. After a dispute in which Bickley destroys a symbol of Oro and kills one of the natives who was about to be sacrificed. They run to Oromatuas where Toby, the dog, finds a secret passageway within the volcano. The men search the volcano and find two crystal coffins with two people in them. First they revive an old man who is the original Oro. Next they revive his daughter Yva.

After being revived Oro looks at the stars to reveal he has been unconscious for 250,000 years as he can tell from star positions. Yva claims they know the position of the stars as they came from a society that was filled with wisdom known as the age of wisdom. To describe what the age of wisdom was like Yva shows the men by conjuring up scenes from the age of wisdom by showing the men hallucination of the past.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940026183685
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green and Co.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1919 volume
  • File size: 653 KB

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Sir Henry Rider Haggard, KBE (22 June 1856 - 14 May 1925) was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a founder of the Lost World literary genre. He was also involved in agricultural reform throughout the British Empire. His stories, situated at the lighter end of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential.
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CHAPTER II BASTIN AND BICKLEY Behold me once more a man without an occupation, but now the possessor of about £900,000. It was a very considerable fortune, if not a large one in England; nothing like the millions of which I had dreamed, but still enough. To make the most of it and to be sure that it remained, I invested it very well, mostly in large mortgages at four per cent, which, if the security is good, do not depreciate in capital value. Never again did I touch a single speculative stock, who desired to think no more about money. It was at this time that I bought the Fulcombe property. It cost me about £120,000 of my capital, or with alterations, repairs, etc., say £150,000, on which sum it may pay a net two and a half per cent., not more. This £3,700 odd I have always devoted to the upkeep of the place, which is therefore in first-rate order. The rest I live on, or save. These arrangements, with the beautifying and furnishing of the house and the restoration of the church in memory of my father, occupied and amused me for a year or so, but when they were finished time began to hang heavy on my hands. What was the use of possessing about £20,000 a year when there was nothing upon which it could be spent? For after all my own wants were few and simple and the acquisition of valuable pictures and costly furniture is limited by space. Oh! in my small way I was like the weary King Ecclesiast. For I too made me great works and had possessions of great and small cattle (I tried farming and lost money over it!) and gathered me silver and gold and the peculiar treasure of kings, which I presume means whatever a man in authority chiefly desires, and soforth. But "behold all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun." So, notwithsta...
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    A very good read!

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