The Outlaw of Torn

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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leading knight came close enough to behold his face, he cried out in
surprise and consternation:

"Mon Dieu, le Prince!" He wheeled his charging horse to one side. His
fellows, hearing his cry, followed his example, and the three of them
dashed on down the high road in as evident anxiety to escape as they had
been keen to attack.

"One would think they had met the devil," muttered Norman of Torn,
looking after them in unfeigned astonishment.

"What means it, lady?" he asked turning to the damsel, who had made no
move to escape.

"It means that your face is well known in your father's realm, my Lord
Prince," she replied. "And the King's men have no desire to antagonize
you, even though they may understand as little as I why you should
espouse the cause of a daughter of Simon de Montfort."

"Am I then taken for Prince Edward of England?" he asked.

"An' who else should you be taken for, my Lord?"

"I am not the Prince," said Norman of Torn. "It is said that Edward is
in France."

"Right you are, sir," exclaimed the girl. "I had not thought on that;
but you be enough of his likeness that you might well deceive the Queen
herself. And you be of a bravery fit for a king's son. Who are you
then, Sir Knight, who has bared your steel and faced death for Bertrade,
daughter of Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester?"

"Be you De Montfort's daughter, niece of King Henry?" queried Norman of
Torn, his eyes narrowing to mere slits and face hardening.

"That I be," replied the girl, "an' from your face I take it you have
little love for a De Montfort," she added, smiling.

"An' whither may you be bound, Lady Bertrade de Montfort? Be you niece
or daughter of the devil, yet still you be a woman, and I do not war
against women. Wheresoever you would go will I accompany you to safety."

"I was but now bound, under escort of five of my father's knights, to
visit Mary, daughter of John de Stutevill of Derby."

"I know the castle well," answered Norman of Torn, and the shadow of
a grim smile played about his lips, for scarce sixty days had elapsed
since he had reduced the stronghold, and levied tribute on the great
baron. "Come, you have not far to travel now, and if we make haste you
shall sup with your friend before dark."

So saying, he mounted his horse and was turning to retrace their steps
down the road when he noticed the body of the

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