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The Tale of Three Lions

Henry Rider Haggard

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Taking place in the heart of Africa, “The Tale of Three Lions” is one more thrilling adventure from the eventful life of old hunter Quartermain, the famous hero of “King Solomons Mines”. This time, though there are no bloodthirsty people for the old hunter to deal with, the dangers are no less. He has to face the mighty and fierce King of Animals – the Lion.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e moonlight is an uncertain thing to look for half-sovereigns by, and there was some loose soil about, for the Kaffirs had knocked off working at this very spot a couple of hours before. I took a pick and raked away the clods of earth with it, in the hope of finding the coin; but all in vain. At last in sheer annoyance I struck the sharp end of the pickaxe down into the soil, which was of a very hard nature. To my astonishment it sunk in right up to the haft.

"'Why, Harry,' I said, 'this ground must have been disturbed!'

"'I don't think so, father,' he answered; 'but we will soon see,' and he began to shovel out the soil with his hands. 'Oh,' he said presently, 'it's only some old stones; the pick has gone down between them, look!' and he began to pull at one of the stones.

"'I say, Dad,' he said presently, almost in a whisper, 'it's precious heavy, feel it;' and he rose and gave me a round, brownish lump about the size of a very large app. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A Tale of Three Lions is an adventure, romance, classic, thriller novella by Henry Rider Haggard with Allan Quatermain as the main protagonist. If one is wondering, where to situate the story in the Quatermain timeline, the story includes Quatermain's son (14-years-old) who is old enough to actually

Wonderful listening

The old story of a hunter in Africa, who, on a hunt with some other men, has to contend with lions who attack their group.
Told in three chapters:
An interest on ten shillings
What was found in the pool
Jim-Jim is avenged

Do lions really act this way? This is a weird little short tale of Allan Quatermain worth reading if you like character.

Allan's son, Harry, is shown to be a lucky shot and a questionable hunter.

Three outstanding stories of HUNTING...!!

I'm slowly working through Quatermain's adventures and the short stories in Allan's Wife slipped under my radar so I'm catching up (Yes; eBooks, but I buy the hard copy when I find a nice edition in a second-hand shop).
Classic Haggard adventure stuff. But this time without it needing to fit into a w

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