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Marie: An Episode in the Life of the Late Allan Quatermain

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This is a superb sweeping romantic adventure story of how Alan Quatermain, hero of fourteen of Rider H Haggard's books, met, fell in love with and married his first wife. It is related from the perspective of old age and is set against the time of the Great Trek in the 1830s. The villains of the piece are truly villainous, Dingaan a portly traitorous despotic Zulu chief, and a Portuguese killer who constantly plots to kill our hero and steal his wife.

This book is written with histrionic flair typical of the Victorian era, gripping battles combined with scenes of fervent emotion. Bigotry and hatred filter through the story, having (as they do even now) a terrible effect on all the characters who harboured such prejudices.

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MARIE

AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF THE LATE ALLAN QUATERMAIN

By H. Rider Haggard

Original Digital Editor's Note:

In the interest of readability, where italics are used to indicate non English words, I have silently omitted them or replaced them with quotation marks.

DEDICATION

Ditchingham, 1912.

My dear Sir Henry,

Nearly thirty seven years have gone by, more than a generation, since first we saw the shores of Southern Africa rising from the sea. Since then how much has happened: the Annexation of the Transvaal, the Zulu War, the first Boer War, the discovery of the Rand, the taking of Rhodesia, the second Boer War, and many other matters which in these quick moving times are now reckoned as ancient history.

Alas! I fear that were we to re visit that country we should find but few faces which we knew. Yet of one thing we may be glad. Those historical events, in some of which you, as the ruler of Natal, played a great part, and I, as it chanced, a smaller one, so far as we can foresee, have at length brought a period of peace to Southern Africa... Continue reading book >>


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