The Man Who Laughs VICTOR HUGO BOOK 2 CHAPTER 11 The Caskets Đây là một tác phẩm anh ngữ nổi tiếng với những từ vựng nâng cao chuyên ngành văn chương. Nhằm giúp các bạn yêu thich tiếng anh luyện tập và củng cố thêm kỹ năng đọc tiếng anh . | The Man Who Laughs VICTOR HUGO BOOK 2 CHAPTER 11 The Caskets It was indeed the Caskets light. A lighthouse of the nineteenth century is a high cylinder of masonry surmounted by scientifically constructed machinery for throwing light. The Caskets lighthouse in particular is a triple white tower bearing three light-rooms. These three chambers revolve on clockwork wheels with such precision that the man on watch who sees them from sea can invariably take ten steps during their irradiation and twenty-five during their eclipse. Everything is based on the focal plan and on the rotation of the octagon drum formed of eight wide simple lenses in range having above and below it two series of dioptric rings an algebraic gear secured from the effects of the beating of winds and waves by glass a millimetre thick 6 yet sometimes broken by the sea-eagles which dash themselves like great moths against these gigantic lanterns. The building which encloses and sustains this mechanism and in which it is set is also mathematically constructed. Everything about it is plain exact bare precise correct. A lighthouse is a mathematical figure. In the seventeenth century a lighthouse was a sort of plume of the land on the seashore. The architecture of a lighthouse tower was magnificent and extravagant. It was covered with balconies balusters lodges alcoves weathercocks. Nothing but masks statues foliage volutes reliefs figures large and small medallions with inscriptions. Pax in bello said the Eddystone lighthouse. We may as well observe by the way that this declaration of peace did not always disarm the ocean. Winstanley repeated it on a lighthouse which he constructed at his own expense on a wild spot near Plymouth. The tower being finished he shut himself up in it to have it tried by the tempest. The storm came and carried off the lighthouse and Winstanley in it. Such excessive adornment gave too great a hold to the hurricane as generals too brilliantly equipped in battle draw the enemy s