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Memoirs of a White Elephant

Judith Gautier

We are told by writers of antiquity that elephants have written sentences in Greek, and that one of them was even known to speak. There is, therefore, nothing unreasonable in the supposition that the White Elephant of this history, the famous Iravata" so celebrated throughout Asia, should have written his own memoirs.The story of his long existence—at times so glorious, and at other times so full of misfortune—in the kingdom of Siam, and the India of the Maharajahs and the English, is full of most curious and interesting adventure.After being almost worshipped as an idol, Iravata becomes a warrior; he is made prisoner with his master, whose life he saves, and whom he assists to escape.Later he is deemed worthy to be the guardian and companion of the lovely little Princess Parvati, for whose amusement he invents wonderful games, and to whom he renders a loving service.We see how a wicked sentiment having crept into the heart of the faithful Elephant, usually so wise and good, he is separated for a long time from his beloved Princess, and meets with painful and trying experiences.But at last he once more finds his devoted friend the Princess, and her forgiveness restores him to happiness." - Summary by the author's foreword

We are told by writers of antiquity that elephants have written sentences in Greek, and that one of them was even known to speak. There is, therefore, nothing unreasonable in the supposition that the White Elephant of this history, the famous Iravata" so celebrated throughout Asia, should have written his own memoirs.The story of his long existence—at times so glorious, and at other times so full of misfortune—in the kingdom of Siam, and the India of the Maharajahs and the English, is full of most curious and interesting adventure.After being almost worshipped as an idol, Iravata becomes a warrior; he is made prisoner with his master, whose life he saves, and whom he assists to escape.Later he is deemed worthy to be the guardian and companion of the lovely little Princess Parvati, for whose amusement he invents wonderful games, and to whom he renders a loving service.We see how a wicked sentiment having crept into the heart of the faithful Elephant, usually so wise and good, he is separated for a long time from his beloved Princess, and meets with painful and trying experiences.But at last he once more finds his devoted friend the Princess, and her forgiveness restores him to happiness." - Summary by the author's foreword
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We are told by writers of antiquity that elephants have written sentences in Greek, and that one of them was even known to speak. There is, therefore, nothing unreasonable in the supposition that the White Elephant of this history, the famous Iravata" so celebrated throughout Asia, should have written his own memoirs.The story of his long existence—at times so glorious, and at other times so full of misfortune—in the kingdom of Siam, and the India of the Maharajahs and the English, is full of most curious and interesting adventure.After being almost worshipped as an idol, Iravata becomes a warrior; he is made prisoner with his master, whose life he saves, and whom he assists to escape.Later he is deemed worthy to be the guardian and companion of the lovely little Princess Parvati, for whose amusement he invents wonderful games, and to whom he renders a loving service.We see how a wicked sentiment having crept into the heart of the faithful Elephant, usually so wise and good, he is separated for a long time from his beloved Princess, and meets with painful and trying experiences.But at last he once more finds his devoted friend the Princess, and her forgiveness restores him to happiness." - Summary by the author's foreword

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

4h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:57