Eight stories of India, China and Japan which have appeared in teh Atlantic and other magazines. Well told, with some beautiful descriptions that give much of the color of the country, often incorporating Eastern ideas and beliefs in an unaffected and convincing way so that the strange happenings seem quite natural.
The Ninth Vibration
The Interpreter - A Romance of the East
The Incomparable Lady - A Story of China with a Moral
The Hatred of the Queen - A Story of Burma
Fire of Beauty
The Building of the Taj Mahal
"How Great Is the Glory of Kwannon!"
"The Round-Faced Beauty"
l, he hoped to create an earthly Paradise with this Queen in whom all loveliness was perfected. And then some mysterious tragedy ended all his hopes. It was rumoured that when the Princess came to his court, she was, by some terrible mistake, received with insult and offered the position only of one of his women. After that nothing was known. Certain only is it that he fled to the hills, to the home of his broken hope, and there ended his days in solitude, save for the attendance of two faithful friends who would not abandon him even in the ghostly quiet of the winter when the pine boughs were heavy with snow and a spectral moon stared at the panthers shuffling through the white wastes beneath. Of these two Rup Singh's ancestor was one. And in his thirty fifth year the Maharao died and his beauty and strength passed into legend and his kingdom was taken by another and the jungle crept silently over his Hall of Pleasure and the story ended.
"There was not a memory of the place up there," Olesen went on.
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