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Old 06-11-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
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Post Buchan, John: Prester John v1 11 jun 2009

Prester John was written as a boys' adventure story set mostly in South Africa. It was published in 1910 when Buchan was 35. The South African background was based on the two years from 1901 which Buchan spent as a private secretary to Lord Milner, High Commissioner to South Africa and later governor of the Transvaal and Orange Free State.

Although the novel contains observations on relations between blacks and whites, the clash of different cultures and civilisations and the role of imperial paternalism, it needs to be read primarily as a fast-moving novel of adventure in the style of novels by Robert Louis Stevenson and Rider Haggard.

The story set in the early years of the twentieth century is told by David Crawfurd. His father, a Scottish minister, has died. 19-year old David goes to South Africa to be an assistant to the keeper of a general store on the veld. David becomes aware of an imminent uprising by thousands of native Africans led by a black minister, the Reverend John Laputa. David had met Laputa some years before in strange circumstances. Laputa has assumed the title of successor to the mythical medieval priest-king, Prester John.

It is not possible to condense into a short space the many exciting incidents which are vividly described and make up the story. It will suffice here to say that David is the only white man (apart from a treacherous Portuguese, Henriques) to attend a great gathering in a hidden cave in the mountains at which Laputa is invested with a fabulously valuable necklace handed down for centuries.

David's presence is discovered and he is taken prisoner. The African army, led by Laputa, marches south. David manages to steal the necklace and escape but is recaptured, having first been able to hide the necklace. He is made to go with Laputa to recover the necklace.

David escapes again and falls in with a friend, Captain Arcol a government officer who has been working to frustrate the uprising. David returns again into the hills where he finds Henriques dead and Laputa, severely wounded by Henriques, in the cave in the mountains.

To tell more of the story might spoil the pleasure of first-time readers, who will not however be surprised to know that there is a happy ending to a story of this kind.

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Old 06-12-2009, 02:18 AM   #2
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I noticed that the last page didn't have the <h6> PG Trailer centered, so I retried EText-No. 611 and choose 'center all <h1..h6>' which, in english, means ensure all header tags <h1> to <h6> are centered, even if already defined as so. It did center in this case.

You will note that the chapter header tags used by this HTML are "hard-coded" as being ALIGN="center" and do not make use of internal CSS like many newer offerings do.

It's a safe bet to 'check' this GUI option all the time (just set it and forget it!).
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I noticed that the last page didn't have the <h6> PG Trailer centered, so I retried EText-No. 611 and choose 'center all <h1..h6>' which, in english, means ensure all header tags <h1> to <h6> are centered, even if already defined as so. It did center in this case.

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It's a safe bet to 'check' this GUI option all the time (just set it and forget it!).
No idea what you are referring to. There is no such GUI option. I check more options but that doesn't result in errrm more options.

Here is a screenshot of the GUI. Where do I set center all?
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No idea what you are referring to. There is no such GUI option. I check more options but that doesn't result in errrm more options.

Here is a screenshot of the GUI. Where do I set center all?
When the first (main) GUI screen has the 'More Options...' box checked (as in your screenshot), it should allow the next (options) screen to be visible and usable. You should see the below screenshot.

In your case, it is not.

What system is the GUI running on? Windows XP? Vista? under wine?

Did you install the GuteBook software in the default location i.e. C:\Program Files\GuteBook?

Try replacing the 'C:\Program Files\GuteBook\GuteBook1.ini' and 'C:\Program Files\GuteBook\GuteBook2.ini' with the ones in the below fresh set (see .zip).
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Running GuteBook on my netbook under Windows XP (SP3). Downloaded the new set (still no luck) No More Options ....
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Running GuteBook on my netbook under Windows XP (SP3). Downloaded the new set (still no luck) No More Options ....
Yep, installing it to the 'C:\Program Files' location in place of any different default location like 'C:\Programme' will ensure the GUI options files are (found and) read in.
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