I clung to the wireless mast,
while the great waves surged sometimes completely over me.
I knew the end was near and, almost involuntarily, I did that which I
had not done since childhood--I prayed. After that I felt better.
I clung and waited, but the water rose no higher.
Instead it receded. Now the top of the conning-tower received only the
crests of the higher waves; now the little triangular deck below became
visible! What had occurred within? Did Benson believe me already
gone, and was he emerging because of that belief, or had he and his
forces been vanquished? The suspense was more wearing than that which
I had endured while waiting for dissolution. Presently the main deck
came into view, and then the conning-tower opened behind me, and I
turned to look into the anxious face of Bradley. An expression of
relief overspread his features.
"Thank God, man!" was all he said as he reached forth and dragged me
into the tower. I was cold and numb and rather all in. Another few
minutes would have done for me, I am sure, but the warmth of the
interior helped to revive me, aided and abetted by some brandy which
Bradley poured down my throat, from which it nearly removed the
membrane. That brandy would have revived a corpse.
When I got down into the centrale, I saw the Germans lined up on one
side with a couple of my men with pistols standing over them. Von
Schoenvorts was among them. On the floor lay Benson, moaning, and
beyond him stood the girl, a revolver in one hand. I looked about,
"What has happened down here?" I asked. "Tell me!"
Bradley replied. "You see the result, sir," he said. "It might have
been a very different result but for Miss La Rue. We were all asleep.
Benson had relieved the guard early in the evening; there was no one to
watch him--no one but Miss La Rue. She felt the submergence of the
boat and came out of her room to investigate. She was just in time to
see Benson at the diving rudders. When he saw her, he raised his
pistol and fired point-blank at her, but he missed and she fired--and
didn't miss. The two shots awakened everyone, and as our men were
armed, the result was inevitable as you see it; but it would have been
very different had it not been for Miss La Rue. It was she who closed
He had managed to coax old Brus, the gardener, into letting him have the key to the little postern gate on the plea that he wished to indulge in a midnight escapade, hinting broadly of a fair lady who was to be the partner of his adventure, and, what was more to the point with Brus, at the same time slipping a couple of golden zecchins into the gardener's palm.Page 23
As the road led them winding higher into the hills, they suddenly emerged upon the downs below the castle where a sight met their eyes which caused them to draw rein and watch in admiration.Page 27
I do not uncover my body to the eyes of swine.Page 48
"To be with you, Bertrade of Montfort," he said boldly, "I would forego any other pleasure, and endure any privation, or face any danger, but there are others who look to me for guidance and my duty calls me.Page 49
" "I shall always welcome you, wherever I may be, Roger de Conde," replied the girl.Page 51
He had an adventure with several knights from the castle of Peter of Colfax, from whom he rescued a damsel whom I suspect from the trappings of her palfrey to be of the house of Montfort.Page 54
France offers a magnificent future to such a soldier as Norman of Torn.Page 63
" The girl turned toward him, the laugh still playing on her lips.Page 65
" Instantly Peter of Colfax ran his arm through the tiny opening in the door and a second later four of his men rushed to the aid of the old woman.Page 77
I know nothing of courts and care less, but be it man or maid to whom I speak, I say what is in my mind or I say nothing.Page 82
It is better that she marry her French prince than to live, dishonored, the wife of a common highwayman; for though she might love me at first, the bitterness and loneliness of her life would turn her love to hate.Page 92
"Think you, John de Fulm, Earl of Buckingham, that you be talking to some comely scullery maid? Do you forget that my house is honored in England, even though it does not share the King's favors with his foreign favorites, and you owe respect to a daughter of a De Tany?" "All be fair in war, my beauty," replied the Earl.Page 98
" "You will never lose the friendship of Joan de Tany," she answered.Page 121
Didst ever see such hellish chance as plays into the hand of the fiend incarnate since that long gone day when his sword pierced the heart of Lady Maud by the postern gate beside the Thames? The Devil himself must watch o'er him.Page 124
That the mass seemed moving ever away from Lewes indicated that the King's arms were winning toward victory, and so it might have been had not a new element been infused into the battle; for now upon the brow of the hill to the north of them appeared a great horde of armored knights, and as they came into position where they could view the battle, the leader raised his sword on high, and, as one man, the thousand broke into a mad charge.Page 125
Had it been with the King, her uncle, Norman of Torn had fought otherwise than he has this day.Page 126
So close behind her came the little band of outlaws that scarce had the guests arisen in consternation from the table at the shrill cries of the girl than Norman of Torn burst through the great door with twenty drawn swords at his back.Page 129
And then the gleaming point of Norman of Torn flashed, lightning-like, in his victim's face, and above the right eye of Peter of Colfax was a thin vertical cut from which the red blood had barely started to ooze ere another swift move of that master sword hand placed a fellow to parallel the first.Page 130
" Thus followed by his men, one bearing the head of Peter of Colfax upon the platter of gold, Norman of Torn passed quietly from the hall and from the castle.Page 139
in truth I did really love Roger de Conde, but thee--oh Norman, why is it that there be no shred of doubt now, that this heart, this soul, this body be all and always for the Outlaw of Torn?" "I do not know," he said simply and gravely.