The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER IV

THE BURIED CITY OF POMPEII

THEY pronounce it Pom-pay-e. I always had an idea that you went down into Pompeii with torches, by the way of damp, dark stairways, just as you do in silver-mines, and traversed gloomy tunnels with lava overhead and something on either hand like dilapidated prisons gouged out of the solid earth, that faintly resembled houses. But you do nothing of the kind. Fully one-half of the buried city, perhaps, is completely exhumed and thrown open freely to the light of day; and there stand the long rows of solidly built brick houses (roofless) just as they stood eighteen hundred years ago, hot with the flaming sun; and there lie their floors, clean-swept, and not a bright fragment tarnished or wanting of the labored mosaics that pictured them with the beasts and birds and flowers which we copy in perishable carpets to-day; and there are the Venuses and Bacchuses and Adonises, making love and getting drunk in many-hued frescoes on the walls of saloon and bedchamber; and there are the narrow streets and narrower sidewalks, paved with flags of good hard lava, the one deeply rutted with the chariot-wheels, and the other with the passing feet of the Pompeiians of bygone centuries; and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents iv
  • The Innocents Abroad - Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 13
  • Chapter III 21
  • Chapter IV 33
  • Chapter V 44
  • Chapter VI 62
  • Chapter VII 77
  • Chapter VIII 93
  • Chapter IX 100
  • Chapter X 104
  • Chapter XI 119
  • Chapter XII 130
  • Chapter XIII 137
  • Chapter XIV 149
  • Chapter XV 158
  • Chapter XVI 166
  • Chapter XVII 175
  • Chapter XVIII 189
  • Chapter XIX 205
  • Chapter XX 216
  • Chapter XXI 233
  • Chapter XXII 246
  • Chapter XXIII 259
  • Chapter XXIV 272
  • Chapter XXV 289
  • Chapter XXVI 297
  • Chapter XXVII 317
  • Chapter XXVIII 332
  • Chapter XXIX 354
  • Chapter XXX 360
  • Chapter XXXI 370
  • Chapter XXXII 389
  • Chapter XXXIII 393
  • A Newspaper Valedictory 398
  • Conclusion 405
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