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The Purple Cloud

Matthew Phipps Shiel

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The story, a recording of a medium's meditation over the future writing of the text, details the narrator's (Adam Jeffson's) expedition to the North Pole during the 20th century on board the Boreal. Jeffson's fiancée, the Countess Clodagh, poisons her own cousin in order to secure a place on the ship for Jeffson, because the expedition was known to be one of the best ever planned. A millionaire, who died some years previously, had ordered in his will that he would pay 175,000,000 dollars to the first person standing at the North Pole. Before Jeffson leaves, he hears a sermon by a Scottish priest named Mackay, speaking against Polar research, calling the failure of all previous expeditions the will of God, and prophesying a terrible fate for those who attempt to go against God's will in this. The narrator at the same time remembers his meeting with a man who claimed that the universe is a place of strife between vague "powers", "The White" and "The Black", for dominance. Throughout the events of the polar journey, the narrator gradually discovers that his course has been, for many years, guided by these forces, all the way up to the point where he reaches the pole first. He finds a huge, clear lake of spinning water with a rock island inlaid with inscriptions. Upon seeing this, Jeffson falls into a faint. When he returns to his camp he, along with his dogs, feels nauseous after having smelled a peculiar peach-like odor. He also notices a moving purple cloud, spreading in the far heavens. During the progress of his journey, he discovers dead animals, all without the slightest sign of injury, and he gradually learns of the death of his entire crew on board the Boreal. The ship being fairly easy to operate, he sets out by himself. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

32:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

30:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

30:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

23:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:11