The Outlaw of Torn

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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so I
will grant you at least one favor. I will not take you to the King, but
a prisoner you shall be in mine own castle for I am alone, and need the
cheering company of a fair and loving lady."

The girl's head went high as she looked the Earl full in the eye.

"Think you, John de Fulm, Earl of Buckingham, that you be talking to
some comely scullery maid? Do you forget that my house is honored
in England, even though it does not share the King's favors with his
foreign favorites, and you owe respect to a daughter of a De Tany?"

"All be fair in war, my beauty," replied the Earl. "Egad," he continued,
"methinks all would be fair in hell were they like unto you. It has been
some years since I have seen you and I did not know the old fox Richard
de Tany kept such a package as this hid in his grimy old castle."

"Then you refuse to release us?" said Joan de Tany.

"Let us not put it thus harshly," countered the Earl. "Rather let us say
that it be so late in the day, and the way so beset with dangers that
the Earl of Buckingham could not bring himself to expose the beautiful
daughter of his old friend to the perils of the road, and so--"

"Let us have an end to such foolishness," cried the girl. "I might have
expected naught better from a turncoat foreign knave such as thee,
who once joined in the councils of De Montfort, and then betrayed his
friends to curry favor with the King."

The Earl paled with rage, and pressed forward as though to strike the
girl, but thinking better of it, he turned to one of the soldiers,

"Bring the prisoner with you. If the man lives bring him also. I would
learn more of this fellow who masquerades in the countenance of a crown

And turning, he spurred on towards the neighboring castle of a rebel
baron which had been captured by the royalists, and was now used as
headquarters by De Fulm.


When Norman of Torn regained his senses, he found himself in a small
tower room in a strange castle. His head ached horribly, and he felt
sick and sore; but he managed to crawl from the cot on which he lay, and
by steadying his swaying body with hands pressed against the wall, he
was able to reach the door. To his disappointment, he found this locked
from without and, in his weakened condition, he made

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