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The Diva's Ruby

(1908)
A sequel to Soprano and The primadonna
A novel by

 
There is a ruby mine hidden in the heart of the mountains near a remote little city of Central Asia, unknown to European travellers; and the secret of the treasure belongs to the two chief families of the place, and has been carefully guarded for many generations, handed down through the men from father to son; and often the children of these two families have married, yet none of the women ever learned the way to the mine from their fathers, or their brothers, or their husbands, none excepting one only, and her name was Baraka, which may perhaps mean 'Blessed'; but no blessing came to her when she was born. She was much whiter and much more beautiful than the other girls of the little Tartar city; her face was oval like an ostrich egg, her skin was as the cream that rises on sheep's milk at evening, and her eyes were like the Pools of Peace in the Valley of Dark Moons; her waist also was a slender pillar of ivory, and round her ankle she could make her thumb meet her second finger; as for her feet, they were small and quick and silent as young mice. But she was not blessed.

When she was in her seventeenth year a traveller 2 came to the little city, who was not like her own people; he was goodly to see, and her eyes were troubled by the sight of him, as the Pools of Peace are darkened when the clouds lie on the mountain-tops and sleep all day; for the stranger was tall and very fair, and his beard was like spun gold, and he feared neither man nor evil spirit, going about alone by day and night. Furthermore, he was a great physician, and possessed a small book, about the size of a man's hand, in which was contained all the knowledge of the world. By means of this book, and three small buttons that tasted of mingled salt and sugar, he cured Baraka's father of a mighty pain in the midriff which had tormented him a whole week. He brought with him also a written letter from a holy man to the chiefs of the town; therefore they did not kill him, though he had a good Mauser revolver with ammunition, worth much money, and other things useful to believers.

Satan entered the heart of Baraka, and she loved the traveller who dwelt in her father's house, for she was not blessed; and she stood before him in the way when he went out, and when he returned she was sitting at the door watching, and she took care to show her cream-white arm, and her slender ankle, and even her beautiful face when neither her father nor her mother was near. But he saw little and cared less, and was as grave as her father and the other greybeards of the town.

 
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March 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4941-9730-8 / 978-1-4941-9730-8 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-163-37827-5 / 978-1-163-37827-4 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Diva's Ruby (1907)
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-165-73770-1 / 978-1-165-73770-3 (USA edition)
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April 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The Diva's Ruby (1907)
Author(s): F Marion Crawford, Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-104-45309-6 / 978-1-104-45309-1 (USA edition)
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 0-548-06861-5 / 978-0-548-06861-8 (USA edition)
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January 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby (Illustrated Edition)
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4068-6681-4 / 978-1-4068-6681-0 (UK edition)
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-5027-4192-X / 978-1-5027-4192-9 (USA edition)
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June 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4997-5717-4 / 978-1-4997-5717-0 (USA edition)
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April 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4992-4688-9 / 978-1-4992-4688-9 (USA edition)
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March 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4980-8288-2 / 978-1-4980-8288-4 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-162-79077-6 / 978-1-162-79077-0 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby (1907)
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-165-69673-8 / 978-1-165-69673-4 (USA edition)
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April 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby (1907)
Author(s): F Marion Crawford, Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-104-38741-7 / 978-1-104-38741-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4191-2824-8 / 978-1-4191-2824-0 (USA edition)
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September 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Diva's Ruby
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
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