Haikus from by H. Rider Haggard

From a book categorized as Fiction / Classics and 373 pages follows a description and a number of hidden haikus found in the book:

Set in nineteenth-century South Africa during a time of conflict, deprivation and hardship, the tale Jess is something of a departure from the typical formula of H. Rider Haggard's novels. Following the travails of a pair of sisters who are fighting to save their family's farm, Jess is a captivating look at the brave sacrifices that so many people are called on to make in wartime.

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I gave one desperate
 pull at the tow-rope to bring
the boat alongside.

You are an old man,
 and the time you talk of must
reach back three men's lives.

As to origin,
 they had none, at least, so far
as she was aware.

She lifted her hand
 from Leo's head, and pointed
into the darkness.

Is it, then, marriage
 that marks the line between thy
heaven and thy hell?

how they roared and flared!
 No tar barrel could have burnt
as those mummies did.

"If you stop there, Job,
 you will die alone," I called;
"the light is going."

But before we did
 so we each took Job's cold hand
in ours and shook it.

Surely we could not
 clear it--desperate though we were.
"Who is to go first?"

Truly time should be
 measured by events, and not
by the lapse of hours.