The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen eBook

Rudolf Erich Raspe
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That is to say, “As long as this arch and bond of union shall exist, so long shall the people be happy.  Nor can all the power of the world affect them, unless the moon, advancing from her usual sphere, should so much attract the skulls as to cause a sudden elevation, on which the whole will fall into the most horrible confusion.”

An easy intercourse being thus established between Great Britain and the centre of Africa, numbers travelled continually to and from both countries, and at my request mail coaches were ordered to run on the bridge between both empires.  After some time, having settled the government to my satisfaction, I requested permission to resign, as a great cabal had been excited against me in England; I therefore received my letters of recall, and prepared to return to Old England.

In fine, I set out upon my journey, covered with applause and general admiration.  I proceeded with the same retinue that I had before—­Sphinx, Gog and Magog, &c., and advanced along the bridge, lined on each side with rows of trees, adorned with festoons of various flowers, and illuminated with coloured lights.  We advanced at a great rate along the bridge, which was so very extensive that we could scarcely perceive the ascent, but proceeded insensibly until we arrived on the centre of the arch.  The view from thence was glorious beyond conception; ’twas divine to look down on the kingdoms and seas and islands under us.  Africa seemed in general of a tawny brownish colour, burned up by the sun:  Spain seemed more inclining to a yellow, on account of some fields of corn scattered over the kingdom; France appeared more inclining to a bright straw-colour, intermixed with green; and England appeared covered with the most beautiful verdure.  I admired the appearance of the Baltic Sea, which evidently seemed to have been introduced between those countries by the sudden splitting of the land, and that originally Sweden was united to the western coast of Denmark; in short, the whole interstice of the Gulf of Finland had no being, until these countries, by mutual consent, separated from one another.  Such were my philosophical meditations as I advanced, when I observed a man in armour with a tremendous spear or lance, and mounted upon a steed, advancing against me.  I soon discovered by a telescope that it could be no other than Don Quixote, and promised myself much amusement in the rencounter.


The Baron’s retinue is opposed in a heroic style by Don Quixote, who in his turn is attacked by Gog and Magog—­Lord Whittington, with the Lord Mayor’s show, comes to the assistance of Don Quixote—­Gog and Magog assail his Lordship—­Lord Whittington makes a speech, and deludes Gog and Magog to his party—­A general scene of uproar and battle among the company, until the Baron, with great presence of mind, appeases the tumult.

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