Chapter 5

ThefollowingwinterbroughtaneventnolessstrangethanWilbur’sfirsttripoutsidetheDunwichregion.CorrespondencewiththeWidenerLibraryatHarvard,theBibliothèqueNationaleinParis,theBritishMuseum,theUniversityofBuenosAyres,andtheLibraryofMiskatonicUniversityatArkhamhadfailedtogethimtheloanofabookhedesperatelywanted;soatlengthhesetoutinperson,shabby,dirty,bearded,anduncouthofdialect,toconsultthecopyatMiskatonic,whichwasthenearesttohimgeographically.Almosteightfeettall,andcarryingacheapnewvalisefromOsborne’sgeneralstore,thisdarkandgoatishgargoyleappearedonedayinArkhaminquestofthedreadedvolumekeptunderlockandkeyatthecollegelibrarythehideousNecronomiconofthemadArabAbdulAlhazredinOlausWormius’Latinversion,asprintedinSpainintheseventeenthcentury.Hehadneverseenacitybefore,buthadnothoughtsavetofindhiswaytotheuniversitygrounds;whereindeed,hepassedheedlesslybythegreatwhite-fangedwatchdogthatbarkedwithunnaturalfuryandenmity,andtuggedfranticallyatitsstoutchain.

WilburhadwithhimthepricelessbutimperfectcopyofDrDee’sEnglishversionwhichhisgrandfatherhadbequeathedhim,anduponreceivingaccesstotheLatincopyheatoncebegantocollatethetwotextswiththeaimofdiscoveringacertainpassagewhichwouldhavecomeonthe751stpageofhisowndefectivevolume.ThismuchhecouldnotcivillyrefrainfromtellingthelibrarianthesameeruditeHenryArmitage(A.M.

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