A House of Pomegranates

Author: Oscar Wilde
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 33,850 / 94 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,189
mnybks.net#: 7498
Origin: gutenberg.org
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ul poisonous flowers. The adders hissed at him as he went by, and the bright parrots flew screaming from branch to branch. Huge tortoises lay asleep upon the hot mud. The trees were full of apes and peacocks.

On and on he went, till he reached the outskirts of the wood, and there he saw an immense multitude of men toiling in the bed of a dried-up river. They swarmed up the crag like ants. They dug deep pits in the ground and went down into them. Some of them cleft the rocks with great axes; others grabbled in the sand.

They tore up the cactus by its roots, and trampled on the scarlet blossoms. They hurried about, calling to each other, and no man was idle.

From the darkness of a cavern Death and Avarice watched them, and Death said, 'I am weary; give me a third of them and let me go.' But Avarice shook her head. 'They are my servants,' she answered.

And Death said to her, 'What hast thou in thy hand?'

'I have three grains of corn,' she answered; 'what is that to thee?'

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2007.08.06
David Lyons
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I'm afraid I'm not impressed. However, it could be a matter of taste. I skipped large portions and now wonder if time would not have been better served by skipping the whole thing.


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