First Into Russian, Then Into English.
The Translator, Also A Russian, And Far From Perfectly Acquainted
With English, Cannot Claim To Possess The Erudition Necessary To
Verify And Restore The Many Quotations To Verbal Accuracy; All
That Is Hoped Is That, By A Careful Rendering, The Correct Sense
Has Been Preserved.
The translator begs the indulgence of English readers for
all imperfections of style and language; in the words of the
"Who is to be blamed, if success be not reached
after due effort?"
The translator's best thanks are due to Mr. John C. Staples,
for valuable help in the early chapters.
- London, July, 1892
On the Way to Karli
In the Karli Caves
A City of the Dead
A Witch's Den
The Banns of Marriage
The Caves of Bagh
An Isle of Mystery
FROM THE CAVES AND JUNGLES OF HINDOSTAN
By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Late in the evening of the sixteenth of February, 1879,
after a rough voyage which lasted thirty-two days, joyful exclamations
were heard everywhere on deck. "Have you seen the lighthouse?"
"There it is at last, the Bombay lighthouse."
Cards, books, music, everything was forgotten. Everyone
rushed on deck. The moon had not risen as yet, and, in spite of
the starry tropical sky, it was quite dark. The stars were so
bright that, at first, it seemed hardly possible to distinguish,
far away amongst them, a small fiery point lit by earthly hands.
The stars winked at us like so many huge eyes in the black sky,
on one side of which shone the Southern Cross.
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