Salammbo: A Romance of Ancient Carthage

By Gustave Flaubert; M. French Sheldon | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XIV.
THE DEFILE OF THE BATTLE-AXE.

THE Carthaginians had not re-entered their dwellings before the clouds gathered thickly, and those who turned their faces up towards the Colossus felt great drops upon their foreheads--and the rain fell.

All night it rained profusely--in floods; the thunder growled like the voice of Moloch triumphant over his vanquishment of Tanit; and now pregnant, she opened from high heaven her vast breast. Occasionally she was seen in a luminous light extending over pillows of clouds, then the darkness reclosed, as though, yet too weary, she would sleep again. The Carthaginians all believed water to be a production of the moon, and uttered cries to facilitate her labour.

The deluging rain beat upon the terraces, overflowing everywhere, forming lakes in the courts, cascades over the stairways, and whirlpools at the street corners. It poured down in heavy, warm masses and spouting streams; from the corners of all the buildings leaped great, foaming jets; against the walls it was like white sheets vaguely suspended, and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction. ix
  • Chapter I - The Feast. 1
  • Chapter II - At Sicca. 26
  • Chapter III - Salammbo 55
  • Chapter IV - Under the Walls of Carthage. 66
  • Chapter V - Tanit. 91
  • Chapter VI - Hanno. 112
  • Chapter VII - Hamilcar Barca. 140
  • Chapter VIII - The Battle of the Macar. 192
  • Chapter IX - The Campaign. 218
  • Chapter X - The Serpent 239
  • Chapter XI - In the Tent. 256
  • Chapter XII - The Aqueduct 282
  • Chapter XIII - Moloch. 309
  • Chapter XIV - The Defile of the Battle-Axe. 358
  • Chapter XV - Mâtho. 409
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