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MALLOCK W.
In an enchanted island
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future of Islam. He explained to us problems of which in the Western world the very existence is hardly so much as dreamed. As he spoke, mysterious regions with sounding legendary names, which had always seemed to me to belong to the land of fable— Armenia, Karamania, and even Thibet and Persia— began for the first time to assume a sort of spectral reality; and when at half-past ten we all of us separated for the night, I felt that my mind, like my body, was moving against a new background. Strange mountains seemed to be towering up around me whose snowy passes shut out the Western world, and I seemed to discern, half-transparent in the air, the gigantic shadowy shapes of new powers and presences. 52 IN AN ENCHANTED ISLAND

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