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The Seed and the Flower

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Author: Olaf Stapledon
Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,602 / 10 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 942
Added to site: 2009.05.05
mnybks.net#: 24085
Genre: Short Story
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g. A murmur rose from the crowd, so that all knew that all approved. And they began throwing down their weapons; and suddenly all shouted for joy. Then the women urged them to scatter over the country-side to speak for peace. And she said, "Most will be killed, but it is for peace."

Suddenly their enemy attacked them, and they let themselves be overpowered. Most were quickly destroyed, but they died praising peace. The enemy were amazed, and faltered in the killing; and soon they also threw away their weapons, and became men of peace.

All that mixed host spread abroad to persuade men to stop war. Many were martyred, but they died in joy. And the peoples were ready to hear; so the word spread. At last it was agreed that on a certain day all war should cease, and all weapons be gathered together and destroyed. And on that day it was done. Each man took a vow, holding the hand of one that had been an enemy. All the armies marched home, and in their homes was joy.

Then men began to build agai

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2012.09.09
Sardo Weems
*****

An alegorical, cyclical story of war and what it takes to end it.

Quite beautifully done.


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