denied the society of such as these throughout his entire life,
yet it seemed that he fell as naturally into the ways of their kind as
though he had always been among them. His starved soul, groping through
the darkness of the empty past, yearned toward the feasting and the
light of friendship, and urged him to turn his back upon the old life,
and remain ever with these people, for Simon de Montfort had offered the
young man a position of trust and honor in his retinue.
"Why refused you the offer of my father?" said Bertrade to him as he
was come to bid her farewell. "Simon de Montfort is as great a man in
England as the King himself, and your future were assured did you attach
your self to his person. But what am I saying! Did Roger de Conde not
wish to be elsewhere, he had accepted and, as he did not accept, it is
proof positive that he does not wish to bide among the De Montforts."
"I would give my soul to the devil," said Norman of Torn, "would it buy
me the right to remain ever at the feet of Bertrade Montfort."
He raised her hand to his lips in farewell as he started to speak,
but something--was it an almost imperceptible pressure of her little
fingers, a quickening of her breath or a swaying of her body toward
him?--caused him to pause and raise his eyes to hers.
For an instant they stood thus, the eyes of the man sinking deep into
the eyes of the maid, and then hers closed and with a little sigh that
was half gasp, she swayed toward him, and the Devil of Torn folded the
King's niece in his mighty arms and his lips placed the seal of a great
love upon those that were upturned to him.
The touch of those pure lips brought the man to himself.
"Ah, Bertrade, my Bertrade," he cried, "what is this thing that I have
done! Forgive me, and let the greatness and the purity of my love for
you plead in extenuation of my act."
She looked up into his face in surprise, and then placing her strong
white hands upon his shoulders, she whispered:
"See, Roger, I am not angry. It is not wrong that we love; tell me it is
"You must not say that you love me, Bertrade. I am a coward, a craven
poltroon; but, God, how I love you."
"But," said the girl, "I do love--"
"Stop," he cried, "not yet, not yet. Do not
Striking at one another, the two surged backward and forward at the very edge of the hill, each searching for the other's throat.Page 14
"The king!" exclaimed the officer; and then, as he bent lower over the white face: "Leopold!" The girl nodded.Page 15
"Ah," he said, "I am very glad indeed that you are not dead, your majesty.Page 16
"The Regent, you mean?" the girl corrected him haughtily.Page 25
"If she would but smile," thought Emma von der Tann, "she would detract less from the otherwise pleasant surroundings, but I suppose she serves her purpose in some way, whatever it may be.Page 27
" "It has slipped your majesty's mind," said the old man sadly; "but you and my young mistress were betrothed many years ago while you were yet but children.Page 29
"It is vacant," replied the old man.Page 44
" Yellow Franz grinned.Page 48
" The white lids drooped lower, and with a tired sigh the boy lay quiet.Page 86
Oh, why did I ever listen to the cursed fool who tempted me to think of regaining the crown that has brought me only misery and.Page 97
"Besides saying that war between Austria and Serbia seems unavoidable and that Lutha doubtless will be drawn into it, my informant warns me that Leopold had sent emissaries to America to search for you, Barney, and myself.Page 127
this strong man and envied him his strength, which, in a weak nature, is but a step from hatred.Page 145
He did not dare approach or question any human being.Page 160
It was evident that the corridor lay in the thick wall of the castle, midway between the bottoms of the windows of the second floor and the tops of those upon the first--this would account for the slightly lower level of the passage from the floor of the second story.Page 162
One of them was the royal ring of the kings of Lutha.Page 169
"To Blentz, your majesty," replied Butzow, "to demand an audience.Page 177
The advanced trenches that they had abandoned to the Austrians they took again at the point of the bayonet.Page 192
The other fired once more at the king and the same instant Barney fired at the soldier.Page 206
Looking further toward the back of the wardrobe, the American discovered other clothing.Page 210
Now she stood at his side, her hand in his.