And so, for a whole year, he sought to accumulate the most exquisite specimens that he could find of textile and embroidered work, getting the dainty Delhi muslins, finely wrought with gold
-thread palmates and stitched over with iridescent beetles' wings; the Dacca gauzes, that from their transparency are known in the East as "woven air," and "running water," and "evening dew"; strange figured cloths from Java; elaborate yellow Chinese hangings; books bound in tawny satins or fair blue silks and wrought with fleurs-de-lis, birds and images; veils of lacis worked in Hungary point; Sicilian brocades and stiff Spanish velvets; Georgian work, with its gilt coins, and Japanese Foukousas, with their green-toned golds
and their marvellously plumaged birds.
His voice and manner were so terrific that Alnaschar had not strength to reply, and allowed his gold
to be taken from him, and even sabre cuts to be inflicted on him without making any resistance.
I have no more than forty gold
pieces, seeing that I have lain a fortnight at Nottingham with the King, and have spent some goodly amounts upon other lordings," replied the knight.
It seems as if I could recollect the whole circumstance, and how I, or old Peter, or whoever it was, thrust in my hand, or his hand, and drew it out all of a blaze with gold
But King James, who had probably expected that the Rose Algier would return laden with gold
, refused to have anything more to do with the affair.
No, madame; but if I were called upon to sell or to buy, I should be satisfied with the gold
of the settings alone as my profit upon the transaction.
Then she went in to her mother and sister, and as she was so richly covered with gold
, they gave her a warm welcome.
I will take the exact bearings of this spot, and give them to you, so that, upon your return to England, you can tell our countrymen about it, and let them have a share, if you think that so much gold
would make them happy.
only if it is serviceable not merely for exchange but also for use, so universal historians will be valuable only when they can reply to history's essential question: what is power?
Very well," said the Abyssinian, "I promise, and even if there be but five loads you shall have your freedom; but until the gold
is in my possession you remain a prisoner.
The lure of adventure may have been quite as powerful a factor in urging Tarzan of the Apes to undertake the journey as the lure of gold
, but the lure of gold
was there, too, for he had learned among civilized men something of the miracles that may be wrought by the possessor of the magic yellow metal.
was in this gravel, and after two feet it gave away again to muck.