on saving a queen's life
that you ride on without turning your head, as though you had but driven
a pack of curs from annoying a stray cat," said the Queen.
"I drew in the service of a woman, Your Majesty, not in the service of a
"What now! Wouldst even belittle the act which we all witnessed? The
King, my husband, shall reward thee, Sir Knight, if you but tell me your
"If I told my name, methinks the King would be more apt to hang me,"
laughed the outlaw. "I be Norman of Torn."
The entire party looked with startled astonishment upon him, for none of
them had ever seen this bold raider whom all the nobility and gentry of
England feared and hated.
"For lesser acts than that which thou hast just performed, the King
has pardoned men before," replied Her Majesty. "But raise your visor,
I would look upon the face of so notorious a criminal who can yet be a
gentleman and a loyal protector of his queen."
"They who have looked upon my face, other than my friends," replied
Norman of Torn quietly, "have never lived to tell what they saw beneath
this visor, and as for you, Madame, I have learned within the year to
fear it might mean unhappiness to you to see the visor of the Devil of
Torn lifted from his face." Without another word he wheeled and galloped
back to his little army.
"The puppy, the insolent puppy," cried Eleanor of England, in a rage.
And so the Outlaw of Torn and his mother met and parted after a period
of twenty years.
Two days later, Norman of Torn directed Red Shandy to lead the forces of
Torn from their Essex camp back to Derby. 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.
The outlaw was speaking to his captains in council; at his side the old
man of Torn.
"Ride by easy stages, Shandy, and I will overtake you by tomorrow
morning. I but ride for a moment to the castle of De Tany on an errand,
and, as I shall stop there but a few moments, I shall surely join you
"Do not forget, My Lord," said Edwild the Serf, a great yellow-haired
Saxon giant, "that there be a party of the King's troops camped close by
the road which branches
story in a less formal, and I hope, a more entertaining, style; though, being only a naval officer and without claim to the slightest literary ability, I shall most certainly fall far short of the possibilities which are inherent in my subject.Page 8
I recalled subsequently.Page 10
" He flushed, hesitated a moment, and then, saluting, turned upon his heel and left the bridge.Page 13
Only that morning, Lieutenant Johnson had told me that he feared that it would be impossible to repair the generators.Page 18
The gentleman had evidently come to his end defending his country from an invader.Page 19
The creature stood about the height of a tall man's waist, and was long and gaunt and sinuous, with a tawny coat striped with black, and with white throat and belly.Page 20
forward, shouting, to attract the beast's attention from Delcarte until we should all be quite close enough to attack with the greatest assurance of success.Page 25
But it soon will be, and it will end, as it always does, with the Westenders running away.Page 31
They came forward warily, peering cautiously into every bush and halting often.Page 34
He points out that it is quite beyond the pale of human instinct to desert little children as my theory suggests the ancient English must have done.Page 41
" She said that she would, and with a parting smile she left me.Page 59
And that afterward they had returned to the launch with a prisoner, from whom they had learned that I had probably been captured by the men of the lion country.Page 65
The thought was almost like a physical blow in the face--it stunned me.Page 66
They will not travel as rapidly as Snider probably hopes.Page 70
The latter led us across a small parade ground, where a battery of light field guns was parked, and toward a log building, in front of which rose the flagstaff.Page 74
Often we passed small posts similar to that at which the colonel's regiment had been quartered, finding in each instance that only a single company or troop remained for defence, the balance having been withdrawn toward the northeast, in the same direction in which we were moving.Page 79
Then came the official's voice again, in sharp and peremptory command.Page 80
I should never have imagined that the sight of any human being could affect me as had this unexpected discovery of Victory in the same room in which I was, while I had thought of her for weeks either as dead, or at best hundreds of miles to the west, and as irretrievably lost to me as though she were, in truth, dead.Page 82
At the same instant there was a deafening roar just outside the palace--a shell had struck much nearer than any of its predecessors.Page 84
From one of these windows I surveyed the courtyard.