By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

"You needs to remember," stated Mme. Blavatsky, "that I by no means intended this for a systematic paintings. My letters to the Russian Messenger, lower than the final identify: 'From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan,' have been written in relaxation moments, extra for enjoyment than with any critical layout. "Broadly talking, the proof and incidents are precise; yet i've got freely availed myself of an author's privilege to workforce, color, and dramatize them, at any time when this appeared essential to the complete inventive impression; notwithstanding, as I say, a lot of the e-book is precisely precise, l may really declare kindly judgment for it, as a romance of commute, than incur the severe dangers that hang-out an avowedly severe work."

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The fantastic character of the pictures made us hold our breath. Our heads grew giddy if, by chance, we glanced down into the depths by the flickering moonlight. We felt that the precipice, 2,000 feet deep, was fascinating us. One of our American fellow travelers, who had begun the voyage on horseback, had to dismount, afraid of being unable to resist the temptation to dive head foremost into the abyss. 47 Several times we met with lonely pedestrians, men and young women, coming down Mataran on their way home after a day's work.

So we were sixty-four, without counting the Hindus and their servants—an army sufficient to frighten any stray leopard or jungle tiger, in fact any animal, except our fearless cousins on the side of our great-grandfather Hanuman. As soon as we turned into a thicket at the foot of the Mountain, several dozens of these kinsmen joined our procession. Thanks to the achievements of Rama's ally, monkeys are sacred in India. The Government, emulating the earlier wisdom of the East India Company, forbids everyone to molest them, not only when met with in the forests, which in all justice belong to them, but even when they invade the city gardens.

No taller than an ordinary woman, and with the hand of a child, he was, nevertheless, possessed of wonderful strength, which, of course, his compatriots ascribed to sorcery. His sword is still preserved in a museum, and one cannot help wondering at its size and weight, and at the hilt, through which only a ten-year-old child could put his hand. The basis of this hero's fame is the fact that he, the son of a poor officer in the service of a Mogul emperor, like another David, slew the Mussulman Goliath, the formidable Afzul Khan.

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