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By John Cowper Powys

During this panoramic novel of Friar Roger Bacon, John Cowper Powys screens his genius at its so much fecund.

First released in 1956, this novel, set in thirteenth-century Wessex, is an amalgam of the entire traits that make John Cowper Powys detailed. The love-story of Lil-Umbra and Raymond de Laon, and the hunt of the Mongolian big, Peleg, for Ghosta, the woman visible, enjoyed, and misplaced at the battlefield, are intermingled with the old, theological and magical threads which shape the brocade of this novel. Dominating all is the mysterious construction of Roger Bacon one of many boldest in addition to most complicated of Powys' world-changing innovations.

Professor G. Wilson Knight known as this 'A booklet of knowledge and wonders'.

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The maid opened the attic window and had a lengthy exchange with a man down below, in the road. He had come for the doctor; he had a letter. Shivering, Nastasie climbed down the stairs and first undid the lock, then drew the bolts. Leaving his horse, the man quickly followed the maid and came into the room behind her. He wore a woollen cap with grey pompoms, and from inside it he took a letter wrapped in a piece of rag; this he handed gingerly to Charles, who propped himself up on the pillow to read it.

She was forever consulting lawyers, or the magistrate, remembering when an account was due and negotiating an extension; at home she ironed, sewed, laundered, kept an eye on the workmen and paid their wages, while Monsieur never worried his head about a thing, engulfed in a surly drowsiness from which he roused himself only to mutter some nasty remark, as he sat all day long by the fire, smoking and spitting into the ashes. When she had a child, he had to be sent out to a wet-nurse. Once home again with his parents, the lad was pampered like a prince.

All of a sudden he heard something hit the wall; the shutter had been folded back, the latch was still vibrating. Next morning he was at the farm by nine. Emma blushed when he came in, although she tried to cover her embarrassment with a little laugh. Père Rouault embraced his future son-in-law. They put off any discussion of money matters, there was plenty of time for that, since the marriage could not decently take place before the end of Charles’s mourning, that is to say, not until the following spring.

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