John Buchan (1900) The Half-Hearted
A tale of conflict between Britain and Russia in North West India.
You must remember that Russia is the step-daughter of the East. The people are Northern in the truest sense, but they have a little of Eastern superstition. A rational, sentimental people live in towns or market-gardens, like your English country, but great lonely plains aad forests somehow do not agree with that sort of creed. That slow people can still believe freshly a Qd simply, and some day when the leader arrives ttey will push beyond their boundaries and sweep down on Western Europe, as their ancestors did thirteen hundred years ago.