He longed to see the curious table-napkins wrought for the Priest of the Sun, on which were displayed all the dainties and viands that could be wanted for a feast; the mortuary cloth of King Chilperic, with its three hundred golden bees; the fantastic robes that excited the indignation of the Bishop of Pontus and were figured with "lions, panthers, bears, dogs, forests, rocks, hunters--all, in fact, that a painter can copy from nature"; and the coat that Charles of Orleans once wore, on the sleeves of which were embroidered the verses of a song beginning "Madame, je suis tout joyeux," the musical accompaniment of the words being wrought in gold thread, and each note, of square shape in those days, formed with four pearls.
What of George Willoughby, with his powdered hair and fantastic patches?
In so doing he makes relentless use of the intellect and of verbally precise but actually preposterous logic, striking out astonishingly brilliant but utterly fantastic
flashes of wit.
This is a fantastic, gloomy business, a modern case, an incident of to-day when the heart of man is troubled, when the phrase is quoted that blood 'renews,' when comfort is preached as the aim of life.
If anything were to happen (though indeed I don't believe in it and think you quite incapable of it), yet in case you were taken during these forty or fifty hours with the notion of putting an end to the business in some other way, in some fantastic fashion--laying hands on yourself--(it's an absurd proposition, but you must forgive me for it) do leave a brief but precise note, only two lines, and mention the stone.
But the announcement of the death of Joseph Buquet had served them as a brutal reminder that, whenever they had disregarded the ghost's wishes, some fantastic
or disastrous event had brought them to a sense of their dependence.
"Curious anomaly, fantastic
element!" said an ingenious naturalist, "in which the animal kingdom blossoms, and the vegetable does not!"
But only for a moment they hesitated, and then with one accord they again took up their fantastic
advance upon their prey; but even then a sudden crashing in the jungle behind them brought them once more to a halt, and as they turned to look in the direction of this new noise there broke upon their startled visions a sight that may well have frozen the blood of braver men than the Wagambi.
The Italian gothic and fantastic
encounters and rewritings of narrative traditions.
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"I clicked with the family dynamic," Aguirre-Sacasa explains, likening his relationship with his brother to that of Fantastic
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Roas, also the editor of El castillo del espectro (2002), a well-received anthology of nineteenth-century Spanish tales of the fantastic
, seems to have taken it upon himself to recover the genre for Hispanic literatures, and he is right in doing so.