But whether not to write the novel? Whether
A not to write the novel? Such old fashioned novel, from the English life, the novel which Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin mentioned in due time, having glanced through a shoulder of one of the heroines:
the Novel classical, ancient,
Greatly long, long, long,
Moralizing and ceremonious,
Without romantic inventions. let in this novel action is developed by
I slowly, as well as it was necessary 19 at the end - go centuries when travel from, say, Bristol to Java or Sumatra took six weeks or about that. And in spite of the fact that oceans already plowed the mighty steamships gathering the speed 25, and even 30 knots the hero of our novel, Richard Gloster, goes to travel onboard an old steam clipper. On such fast handsome in 30 - x years of the leaving century carried tea from China and spice from Indonesia. Having substituted all the sails to ocean winds, they rushed, cutting off waves, and their deck never dried out from water. But now unless in the museum you will find the similar ships. By the way, it is casual or not, this old ship - the namesake of our hero. Its name “Mary Gloster“.
“Mary Gloster“ on an old habit rushes forward in full sail. But a look at this ship nevertheless museum. Everything is freshly painted, everything shines, team clean. As in old, it is black - white still, the movie “Children of the Captain Grant“. And by the ship it is a little passengers - only two.
We already know one of them, this is Richard Gloster. Here the author will make long retreat in the spirit of Victor Hugo to acquaint the reader closer with Richard Gloster. To Richard Gloster for thirty. Despite youth, he is professor of Oxford. Gloucester teaches English and literature. Probably it seems to you that occupation this boring and worthless. Quite so recently died sir Richard`s father, Anthony Gloster thought. It, being a person active and enterprising, for it the baronet`s title which received from the queen, constantly showed discontent with the only son, considering that that fools about also not so man`s business. Perhaps, the old man therefore God did not give him grandsons questioned? Rod Glosterov will be interrupted on Richard!
The second passenger of the ship - the French professor Paganelius. This character got aboard “Mary Gloster“ absolutely incidentally. It, being a geographer, the botanist (in good sense of this word), the entomologist, the anthropologist and the ethnographer, went to wild Arabia to study Bedouin tribes. So to speak, from within. But, to see, professor, not too knowing customs of these tribes, made some regrettable mistake. As a result bedouins decided to study professor Paganelius too from within and pursued him to the Suez. In Suez Paganelius asked for asylum on the first vessel of the civilized country what was a ship “Mary Gloster“. Sir Richard did not object to acceptance aboard one more passenger and, moreover, was glad that saved to Paganelius life.
And as the author was glad to it! After “Mary Gloster“ passed the Suez Canal, still very long way on Indian, and then - across the Pacific Ocean was coming her. With such interlocutor, the present walking encyclopedia of geography and natural sciences, to sir Richard (and to the reader together with it!) it will be not dull.
But where to the novel without secret? And here professor Paganelius absolutely incidentally finds a terrible find in hold. Between some big boxes which contents did not interest him Paganelius finds a coffin. And later finds out that sir Richard continually goes down in hold, spending long hours at a coffin. What`s the matter? The riddle haunts Paganelius.
In the Indonesian port of Makassar aboard “Mary Gloster“ the nice captain by the name of Mack - Andrew rises. The team leaves a clipper. To Paganelius suggest to descend on the coast too, but he is curious - what`s next? he - and asks for permission to continue a way. Sir Richard not against. Mack - Andrew grumbles: “All the same, here already nearby“.
“Mary Gloster“ lowers sails. It is taken on a tow by a brig of the Maori shipping company, and the hitch slowly moves across the Makassar Strait while the captain Mack - Andrew does not speak: “Here!“ The ships drop an anchor.
Ser Richard and Mack - Andrew go down in hold. Paganelius should remain on the deck - down nobody invites him. He notices that from a brig the boat separates and approaches “Mary Gloster“.
Suddenly from hold quite loud cotton is distributed. The deck swayed, and the ship began to heel noticeably on a nose. Sir Richard and Mack - Andrew climbed a ladder on the deck. “Quicker, quicker!“ - Mack shouts - to Andrew who tarried was to Paganelius. All three go down in the boat expecting at a board. Sailors wave oars, and the boat quickly sails on safe distance.
Now it is accurately visible that “Mary Gloster“ noticeably tilted on a nose and slowly plunges into water. Solemnly leaves deep into.
Through a quarter of hour water over the ship was closed. “It`s done!“ - Mack - Andrew told, and sir Richard sadly nodded in reply. In the face of his Paganelius noticed tears.
As it is necessary in the novel of old style, all riddles are resolved in an epilog, and all small knots are untied in the same place.
Sir Richard will come back to England and will continue the work on Old English and Scandinavian folklore. The most interesting work which, as well as it is necessary, only several tens experts including one of sir Richard`s students, somebody John Ronald Reuel Tolkien will be able to estimate.
Unlike sir Richard, Paganelius will move not on the West, and on the East. In the port of Makassar he will get acquainted with one sweetest Russian with a strange Scottish surname: whether Mack - Leod, whether Mack - Lavas. Well, generally, Mack. And together with this strange Russian Mack will departure on the Russian corvette to coast of mysterious New Guinea where there live mysterious wild tribes where as more interesting and wild, than Sinai bedouins. On New Guinea, it is necessary to tell, Paganelius`s traces will get lost.
Yes, near Makassar the tireless botanist will make discovery. It will find a new plant which not without pride will call Asparagus officinalis Paganelis (a medicinal asparagus of Paganelius). According to the scientist, this grass - fine aphrodisiac, and in general very much helps with business of a reproduction. Paganelius will present several dried stalks to the British friend, sir Richard Gloster. And sir Richard Gloster will shortly be convinced that the opinion of the botanist Paganelius can be trusted. Rod Glosterov was not interrupted as the father considered him. Little Mary Gloster was born.
It seems, all? Ah not, one more riddle - a coffin in hold. But here let the reader will work. Let will find in the Internet and will read, will not be too lazy, one of the best poems of R. Kipling, the ballad “Mary Gloster“. Perhaps, will even have a little cry in certain places. And I will not retell this ballad. Silly this business - to retell fine verses by the own words.