he donned his
armor, while the girl waited without, was that I should now behold the
falcon guarding the dove. Hast he not returned?"
"No," said the old man, "and doubtless his adventure is of a nature
in line with thy puerile and effeminate teachings. Had he followed my
training, without thy accurst priestly interference, he had made an
iron-barred nest in Torn for many of the doves of thy damned English
nobility. An' thou leave him not alone, he will soon be seeking service
in the household of the King."
"Where, perchance, he might be more at home than here," said the priest
"Why say you that?" snapped the little old man, eyeing Father Claude
"Oh," laughed the priest, "because he whose power and mien be even more
kingly than the King's would rightly grace the royal palace," but he had
not failed to note the perturbation his remark had caused, nor did his
off-hand reply entirely deceive the old man.
At this juncture, a squire entered to say that Shandy's presence was
required at the gates, and that worthy, with a sorrowing and regretful
glance at the unemptied flagon, left the room.
For a few moments, the two men sat in meditative silence, which was
presently broken by the old man of Torn.
"Priest," he said, "thy ways with my son are, as you know, not to my
liking. It were needless that he should have wasted so much precious
time from swordplay to learn the useless art of letters. Of what benefit
may a knowledge of Latin be to one whose doom looms large before him. It
may be years and again it may be but months, but as sure as there be a
devil in hell, Norman of Torn will swing from a king's gibbet. And thou
knowst it, and he too, as well as I. The things which thou hast taught
him be above his station, and the hopes and ambitions they inspire will
but make his end the bitterer for him. Of late I have noted that he
rides upon the highway with less enthusiasm than was his wont, but he
has gone too far ever to go back now; nor is there where to go back to.
What has he ever been other than outcast and outlaw? What hopes could
you have engendered in his breast greater than to be hated and feared
among his blood enemies?"
"I knowst not thy reasons, old man," replied the priest, "for devoting
thy life to the ruining of his, and what I guess at be such as I dare
not voice; but
" "Silence, boy!" commanded the old man.Page 16
There was no sound, barely a struggle of the convulsively stiffening old muscles, and then, with a push from De Vac, the body lunged forward into the Thames, where a dull splash marked the end of the last hope that Prince Richard might be rescued from the clutches of his Nemesis.Page 29
"To the death," cried the little gray man, "a mort, mon fils.Page 41
What think you, Father Claude?" "I have thought much of it, my son," answered the priest.Page 44
" "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.Page 46
"This Peter of Colfax shall be looked to," growled Norman of Torn.Page 57
Ride out with ten men where the stranger who waits in the courtyard below shall lead ye, and come not back without that which ye lost to a handful of men before.Page 58
Less than half the journey had been accomplished.Page 61
" "Haste then, My Lady Bertrade," called the man, "no harm will be done thee if thou showest the good sense I give thee credit for.Page 73
When Norman of Torn had assured himself that no human power could now save the doomed pile, he ordered that the march be taken up, and the warriors filed down the roadway behind their leader and Bertrade de Montfort, leaving their erstwhile prisoners sorely puzzled but unharmed and free.Page 86
The sorrow is mine and I would not force it upon others.Page 89
"I asked not your mission," cried the fellow.Page 106
"You be a strange knight that thinks so lightly.Page 111
Thus her mother found her, and kneeling beside her, and with her arms about the girl's neck, tried to soothe her and to learn the cause of her sorrow.Page 118
This latter word was that Bertrade de Montfort and her mother, accompanied by Prince Philip, had landed at Dover, and that upon the same boat had come Peter of Colfax back to England--the latter, doubtless reassured by the strong conviction, which held in the minds of all royalists at that time, of the certainty of victory for the royal arms in the impending conflict with the rebel barons.Page 119
And after all had passed through the great gates, Norman of Torn and the little old man walked side by side from the castle building and mounted their chargers held by two squires in the center of the courtyard.Page 139
" "I am glad thee wish it," she replied.Page 140
"Where be the knave?" asked Henry.Page 148
Presently the King and Queen, adding their pleas to those of the chirurgeon, prevailed upon him to lie down once more, and when he had done so they left him, that he might sleep again; but no sooner had the door closed behind them than he arose and left the apartment by another exit.Page 149
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