Full text: A picture-book without pictures

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to follow the ships of the barbarians to their home, 
to the far distant England? No! his thoughts did 
not wander so far, and yet they were as sinful 
as youthful blood could make them, doubly sinful 
here in the temple, in the presence of Fu and 
the other deities. I know where his thoughts 
were. At the further end of the town, upon the 
flat, stone roof, where the railings seem to be 
made of porcelain, and where the beautiful 
vases are filled with large white bell - flowers, 
sat the lovely Fe, with the smallest, wickedest 
eyes, the most pouting lips, and the least foot 
imaginable. The tight shoe pressed her foot, but 
at her heart there was a greater pressure still; 
as she raised her beautiful arms, the sleeves of 
her satin dress rustled. Before her stood a glass- 
bowl, in which were swimming four gold fish; 
she stirred the water gently with a small coloured 
stick, varnished and shining — so gently, so 
slowly! for she was lost in thought; was she, per- 
haps, thinking how richly and with what golden 
hues the fish were clothed, how still their life
	        
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