from you. You shall see me again, and at the castle of your father,
Simon de Montfort, in Leicester. Provided," he added, "that you will
welcome me there."
"I shall always welcome you, wherever I may be, Roger de Conde," replied
"Remember that promise," he said smiling. "Some day you may be glad to
"Never," she insisted, and a light that shone in her eyes as she said it
would have meant much to a man better versed in the ways of women than
was Norman of Torn.
"I hope not," he said gravely. "I cannot tell you, being but poorly
trained in courtly ways, what I should like to tell you, that you
might know how much your friendship means to me. Goodbye, Bertrade de
Montfort," and he bent to one knee, as he raised her fingers to his
As he passed over the drawbridge and down toward the highroad a few
minutes later on his way back to Torn, he turned for one last look at
the castle and there, in an embrasure in the south tower, stood a
young woman who raised her hand to wave, and then, as though by sudden
impulse, threw a kiss after the departing knight, only to disappear from
the embrasure with the act.
As Norman of Torn rode back to his grim castle in the hills of Derby, he
had much food for thought upon the way. Never till now had he realized
what might lie in another manner of life, and he felt a twinge of
bitterness toward the hard, old man whom he called father, and whose
teachings from the boy's earliest childhood had guided him in the ways
that had cut him off completely from the society of other men, except
the wild horde of outlaws, ruffians and adventurers that rode beneath
the grisly banner of the young chief of Torn.
Only in an ill-defined, nebulous way did he feel that it was the girl
who had come into his life that caused him for the first time to feel
shame for his past deeds. He did not know the meaning of love, and so he
could not know that he loved Bertrade de Montfort.
And another thought which now filled his mind was the fact of his
strange likeness to the Crown Prince of England. This, together with the
words of Father Claude, puzzled him sorely. What might it mean? Was it a
heinous offence to own an accidental likeness to a king's son?
But now that he felt he had solved the reason that he rode always with
"It cannot be, Akut," he said; "but if you would return, I shall see that it is done.Page 19
From cold, calculating, highly intelligent perversity it had deteriorated into the indiscriminating, dangerous menace of the mentally defective.Page 21
"Turn around, with your back toward me," directed the latter, "that I may show you how to bind him quickly.Page 45
Even at great heights he never felt the slightest dizziness, and when he had caught the knack of the swing and the release, he could hurl himself through space from branch to branch with even greater agility than the heavier Akut.Page 69
He would attract her attention, and reassure her by a smiling greeting from a greater distance.Page 75
Again she shrank from him.Page 78
She could pass through the branches of the great trees now with all the agility and stealth of The Killer himself.Page 79
At best it lent itself to but material and sordid exchange.Page 82
For several minutes they lay with scarce a struggle.Page 90
It was he who first came within sight of the quarry which they had followed for hours by the mysterious methods of their almost uncanny powers of observation, intuition, and even scent.Page 100
To right and left he swung crushing blows to the faces of his human antagonists--to the dogs he paid not the slightest attention other than to seize the more persistent and wring their necks with a single quick movement of the wrist.Page 114
"Where are we?" she asked, pointing.Page 132
in sight of the little animal and knew.Page 148
From this Hanson knew that a man eater had wandered into the district or been developed by the aging of one of the many lions who ranged the plains and hills by night, or lay up in the cool wood by day.Page 166
We are not coming by the same route; but we'll pick up their trail sometime today, even if we don't overtake them.Page 170
"Can you take me to him?" demanded Baynes.Page 174
She did not utter a sound for she knew that there was none to come to her assistance, and, too, the jungle training of her earlier life had taught her the futility.Page 175
And so she won beyond the encircling boma and disappeared into the jungle to the south.Page 188
He turned the picture over and as his eyes fell upon the old newspaper cutting they went wide.Page 211
"How did you happen to be in this village?" she asked.