rushed out after the four knaves. Once in the open, they turned upon
him, but he sprang into their midst with his seething blade, and it was
as though they faced four men rather than one, so quickly did he parry
a thrust here and return a cut there. In a moment one was disarmed,
another down, and the remaining two fleeing for their lives toward the
high road with Norman of Torn close at their heels.
Young, agile and perfect in health, he outclassed them in running as
well as in swordsmanship, and ere they had made fifty paces, both had
thrown away their swords and were on their knees pleading for their
"Come back to the good priest's hut, and we shall see what he may say,"
replied Norman of Torn.
On the way back, they found the man who had been disarmed bending over
his wounded comrade. They were brothers, named Flory, and one would not
desert the other. It was evident that the wounded man was in no danger,
so Norman of Torn ordered the others to assist him into the hut, where
they found Red Shandy sitting propped against the wall while the good
father poured the contents of a flagon down his eager throat.
The villain's eyes fairly popped from his head when he saw his four
comrades coming, unarmed and prisoners, back to the little room.
"The Black Wolf dead, Red Shandy and John Flory wounded, James Flory,
One Eye Kanty and Peter the Hermit prisoners!" he ejaculated.
"Man or devil! By the Pope's hind leg, who and what be ye?" he said,
turning to Norman of Torn.
"I be your master and ye be my men," said Norman of Torn. "Me ye shall
serve in fairer work than ye have selected for yourselves, but with
fighting a-plenty and good reward."
The sight of this gang of ruffians banded together to prey upon the
clergy had given rise to an idea in the boy's mind, which had been
revolving in a nebulous way within the innermost recesses of his
subconsciousness since his vanquishing of the three knights had brought
him, so easily, such riches in the form of horses, arms, armor and gold.
As was always his wont in his after life, to think was to act.
"With The Black Wolf dead, and may the devil pull out his eyes with red
hot tongs, we might look farther and fare worse, mates, in search of a
chief," spoke Red Shandy, eyeing his fellows, "for verily any man, be he
but a stripling, who can vanquish six such as
During the years he had served as master of fence at the English Court, the sons of royalty had learned to thrust and parry and cut as only De Vac could teach the art, and he had been as conscientious in the discharge of his duties as he had been in his unswerving hatred and contempt for his pupils.Page 24
" "No!" cried he addressed.Page 33
" He spoke in French, and held his hands in the attitude of prayer, so that he quite entirely misled the ruffians, who had no idea that he was communicating with the boy.Page 34
"Come back to the good priest's hut, and we shall see what he may say," replied Norman of Torn.Page 35
" "Wait," said Norman of Torn, "there is more.Page 38
More powerful and richer than many nobles of the court, he was without rank or other title than that of outlaw and he seemed to assume what in reality he held in little esteem.Page 49
He did not know the meaning of love, and so he could not know that he loved Bertrade de Montfort.Page 55
" "But what about the Devil of Torn, Bertrade?" urged Mary.Page 59
In either event, his purpose would be accomplished, and Bertrade de Montfort would no longer lure Norman of Torn from the path he had laid out for him.Page 66
The great red giant soon returned to say that it was Henry de Montfort, oldest son of the Earl of Leicester, who had come under a flag of truce and would have speech with the master of Torn.Page 69
The girl saw him too, and a look of hope and renewed courage overspread her face.Page 99
" The fright of the noises in the dark chamber had but served to again bring the girl's face close to his so that he felt her hot, sweet breath upon his cheek, and thus another link was forged to bind him to her.Page 113
" "Alter thy ways, my son; follow my advice ere it be too late.Page 114
He is to notify me when he will come and I shall then send for thee and the old man of Torn; but it were as well, my son, that thou do not mention this matter to thy father, nor let him know when thou come hither to the meeting that De Montfort is to be present.Page 130
Always taciturn, the old fellow rode in his usual silence.Page 135
Norman of Torn turned to where one of his captains squatted upon the ground beside an object covered with a cloth.Page 139
"For my sake," she pleaded.Page 140
Quickly, he moved to the opposite door and, standing with his hand upon the latch, waited.Page 143
Now was the young man forcing his older foeman more and more upon the defensive.Page 147
The chirurgeon turned to the Queen and Bertrade de Montfort.