tip of the shaft rested upon the thumb of my left hand, and then
as the great creature darted toward us I let drive straight for that
Hissing like the escape valve of a steam engine, the mighty creature
fell turning and twisting into the sea below, my arrow buried
completely in its carcass. I turned toward the girl. She was looking
past me. It was evident that she had seen the thipdar die.
"Dian," I said, "won't you tell me that you are not sorry that I have
"I hate you," was her only reply; but I imagined that there was less
vehemence in it than before--yet it might have been but my imagination.
"Why do you hate me, Dian?" I asked, but she did not answer me.
"What are you doing here?" I asked, "and what has happened to you since
Hooja freed you from the Sagoths?"
At first I thought that she was going to ignore me entirely, but
finally she thought better of it.
"I was again running away from Jubal the Ugly One," she said. "After I
escaped from the Sagoths I made my way alone back to my own land; but
on account of Jubal I did not dare enter the villages or let any of my
friends know that I had returned for fear that Jubal might find out.
By watching for a long time I found that my brother had not yet
returned, and so I continued to live in a cave beside a valley which my
race seldom frequents, awaiting the time that he should come back and
free me from Jubal.
"But at last one of Jubal's hunters saw me as I was creeping toward my
father's cave to see if my brother had yet returned and he gave the
alarm and Jubal set out after me. He has been pursuing me across many
lands. He cannot be far behind me now. When he comes he will kill you
and carry me back to his cave. He is a terrible man. I have gone as
far as I can go, and there is no escape," and she looked hopelessly up
at the continuation of the ledge twenty feet above us.
"But he shall not have me," she suddenly cried, with great vehemence.
"The sea is there"--she pointed over the edge of the cliff--"and the
sea shall have me rather than Jubal."
"But I have you now Dian," I cried; "nor shall Jubal, nor any other
have you, for you are mine," and
For this fell purpose he had backed the astounded De Vac twice around the hall when, with a clever feint, and backward step,.Page 2
Had a French king struck him, De Vac would have struck back, and gloried in the fate which permitted him to die for the honor of France; but an English King--pooh! a dog;.Page 6
The old fellow wondered a little that the morose old master of fence should, at his time in life, indulge in frivolous escapades more befitting the younger sprigs of gentility, but, then, what concern was it of his? Did he not have enough to think about to keep the gardens so that his royal master and mistress might find pleasure in the shaded walks, the well-kept sward, and the gorgeous beds of foliage plants and blooming flowers which he set with such wondrous precision in the formal garden? Further, two gold zecchins were not often come by so easily as this; and if the dear Lord Jesus saw fit, in his infinite wisdom, to take this means of rewarding his poor servant, it ill became such a worm as he to ignore the divine favor.Page 20
With a shrug of his iron clad shoulders, the black knight wheeled and rode on down the road until he had disappeared from sight within the gloomy shadows of the encircling forest.Page 31
" With the priest's aid, the boy laid aside his armor, for it was heavy and uncomfortable, and together the two sat down to the meal that was already partially on the board.Page 35
"We be your men, indeed.Page 40
A poor, degraded, downtrodden, ignorant, superstitious people, they were; accustomed for generations to the heel of first one invader and then another and in the interims, when there were any, the heels of their feudal lords and their rapacious monarchs.Page 45
As he watched the semi-profile of the lovely face before him, something stirred in his heart which had been struggling for expression for years.Page 50
As he passed in through the great gate, the men-at-arms threw him laughing, though respectful, welcomes and within the great court, beautified with smooth lawn, beds of gorgeous plants, fountains, statues and small shrubs and bushes, he came upon the giant, Red Shandy, now the principal lieutenant of Norman of Torn.Page 58
The great beasts of her pursuers, bred in Normandy and Flanders, might have been tethered in their.Page 61
I will await thee in the great hall, or, if thou prefer, wilt come to thee here.Page 78
" She looked up into his face in surprise, and then placing her strong white hands upon his shoulders, she whispered: "See, Roger, I am not angry.Page 87
"If thou covet this man thyself, why, but say so.Page 88
"I do not love him," she said, "and I be glad that you do not, for I know that Bertrade does, and that but a short year since, he swore undying love for her.Page 91
"But no, it cannot be, I did but yesterday leave Edward in Dover.Page 92
"Rather let us say that it be so late in the day, and the way so beset with dangers that the Earl of Buckingham could not bring himself to expose the beautiful daughter of his old friend to the perils of the road, and so--" "Let us have an end to such foolishness," cried the girl.Page 103
When, therefore, he found that these grim men were searching for De Fulm, he saw a way to be revenged upon his mistress.Page 107
The numerous raiding parties which had been constantly upon the road during the days they had spent in this rich district had loaded the extra sumpter beasts with rich and valuable booty and the men, for the time satiated with fighting and loot, turned their faces toward Torn with evident satisfaction.Page 112
All that they who followed him knew was that certain unusual orders were issued, and that that same night, the ten companies rode south toward Essex without other halt than for necessary food and water for man and beast.Page 125
"Verily do I believe we owe our victory to you alone; so do not mar the record of a noble deed by wanton acts of atrocity.