Chapter 5

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

WilburhadwithhimthepricelessbutimperfectcopyofDrDee’sEnglishversionwhichhisgrandfatherhadbequeathedhim, anduponreceivingaccesstotheLatincopyheatoncebegantocollatethetwotextswiththeaimofdiscoveringacertainpassagewhichwouldhavecomeonthe751stpageofhisowndefectivevolume. ThismuchhecouldnotcivillyrefrainfromtellingthelibrarianthesameeruditeHenryArmitage (A.M.Miskatonic,Ph.D.Princeton,Litt.D.JohnsHopkins) whohadoncecalledatthefarm,andwhonowpolitelypliedhimwithquestions. 

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