Wild

untamed jungles and cavernous gorges

untamed jungles and cavernous gorges

“On returning home, Vernon ran a bath, peeled an orange and made a coffee. He sat in the bath and read some more about Africa, once again losing track of time. He read of the waning dominance of Egypt, the rise of Kush and its enigmatic alphabet. He read about untamed jungles, rocky river beds with cavernous gorges and his imagination ran wild. He read of the ancient Christianity of Ethiopia introduced by the Axumites and empires that felt the full force of subsequent religious incursions. He pictured himself hastily deciphering, as best he could, their sophisticated texts while hot on his heels the feral baying of ecclesiastical bloodhounds drew nearer. This was pretty nearly all news to him.”

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