The wind stole my sigh and bore it to <some story book cave>

park sang joon

Senior Member
The protagonist is one of royal family members of Amber.
He made a date with a daughter of the prime minister from a neighboring country Begma.
And he went out with her, showing her the town when she wanted to go a big stairway going up the face of Kolvir which the palace sat on.
They at last arrived the top of stairway, and are now climbing down it.

I was hoping she'd halt there and tell me she'd reconsidered the necessity for this expedition. But she didn't. She turned and kept right on going. The wind stole my sigh and bore it to some story book cave reserved for the plaints of the imposed-upon.
["Sign of Chaos" of The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny]
I'd like to know if "some story book cave" means "a cave in some story book."
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    "some story book cave" does mean "a cave in some story book." implying a magical / mysterious cave in which all the things that have been lost are stored. (Quite a good image...)


    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Possibly the original is The Cave of Kai, by Lord Dunsany:

    And the King said:

    "Where lie the days that were and certain hours?"

    And Syrahn answered:

    "These things lie in a cave afar from here, and over the cave stands sentinel one Kai, and this cave Kai hath guarded from the gods and men since ever the Beginning was made. It may be that he shall let Khanazar pass by."​
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