Time for the Sunday installment of our Tale for Our Time, a John Buchan thriller set on the great enduring fault line between east and west. In tonight's episode of Greenmantle, Richard Hannay and his comrades press on deeper into the Orient:
Before dawn we started again, and came over a pass into the vale of a big river. The winter dawn showed its gleaming stretches, ice-bound among the sprinkled meadows. I called to Blenkiron:
'I believe that river is the Euphrates,' I said.
'So,' he said, acutely interested. 'Then that's the waters of Babylon. Great snakes, that I should have lived to see the fields where King Nebuchadnezzar grazed! Do you know the name of that big hill, Major?'
'Ararat, as like as not,' I cried, and he believed me.
Josh, a first-weekend Founding Member from Massachusetts, write:
I was going to thank you, Mark, for the escapist thrills you have provided us with this tale especially. But upon reflection, if I want to listen to accounts of messianic Arabs, duplicitous Turks, and neurotic Germans, I can tune in to NPR.
Just so, Josh. The only reason why "the news" seems new is because a forgetful society finds itself having to re-learn ancient lessons. Stick with Tales for Our Time and you'll never need to tune in NPR.
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