posed as a man of
culture and refinement, from a gentleman, she could scarcely credit.
"It is better that we die together, then," said Clayton.
"That is for the majority to decide," replied Monsieur Thuran. "As
only one of us three will be the object of sacrifice, we shall decide.
Miss Porter is not interested, since she will be in no danger."
"How shall we know who is to be first?" asked Spider.
"It may be fairly fixed by lot," replied Monsieur Thuran. "I have a
number of franc pieces in my pocket. We can choose a certain date from
among them--the one to draw this date first from beneath a piece of
cloth will be the first."
"I shall have nothing to do with any such diabolical plan," muttered
Clayton; "even yet land may be sighted or a ship appear--in time."
"You will do as the majority decide, or you will be 'the first' without
the formality of drawing lots," said Monsieur Thuran threateningly.
"Come, let us vote on the plan; I for one am in favor of it. How about
you, Spider?" "And I," replied the sailor.
"It is the will of the majority," announced Monsieur Thuran, "and now
let us lose no time in drawing lots. It is as fair for one as for
another. That three may live, one of us must die perhaps a few hours
sooner than otherwise."
Then he began his preparation for the lottery of death, while Jane
Porter sat wide-eyed and horrified at thought of the thing that she was
about to witness. Monsieur Thuran spread his coat upon the bottom of
the boat, and then from a handful of money he selected six franc
pieces. The other two men bent close above him as he inspected them.
Finally he handed them all to Clayton.
"Look at them carefully," he said. "The oldest date is
eighteen-seventy-five, and there is only one of that year."
Clayton and the sailor inspected each coin. To them there seemed not
the slightest difference that could be detected other than the dates.
They were quite satisfied. Had they known that Monsieur Thuran's past
experience as a card sharp had trained his sense of touch to so fine a
point that he could almost differentiate between cards by the mere feel
of them, they would scarcely have felt that the plan was so entirely
fair. The 1875 piece was a hair thinner than the other coins, but
neither Clayton nor Spider could have detected it without the aid of a
" "Fetch me the bundle, hag," replied De Vac, "and you shall have gold against a final settlement; more even than we bargained for if all goes well and thou holdest thy vile tongue.Page 18
I--" expostulated the child.Page 35
" The last two clauses of these articles of faith appealed to the ruffians so strongly that they would have subscribed to anything, even daily mass, and a bath, had that been necessary to admit them to the service of Norman of Torn.Page 42
and struck repeatedly but futilely against the iron headgear of her assailant while he swung his horse up the road, and, dragging her palfrey after him, galloped rapidly out of sight.Page 46
She told him of the reason for the attack upon her earlier in the day, attributing it to an attempt on the part of a certain baron, Peter of Colfax, to abduct her, his suit for her hand having been peremptorily and roughly denied by her father.Page 54
Is all well at the castle?" "All be well at the castle," replied Father Claude, "if by that you mean have none been captured or hanged for their murders.Page 62
Bertrade turned and as she saw him her haughty countenance relaxed into a sneering smile.Page 69
Where it waved might always be found the fighting and the honors, and about it they were wont to rally.Page 93
Repeated pounding upon the door brought no response and finally he gave up in despair.Page 97
" He felt her body tremble as it pressed against his.Page 98
Before, he had only feared that Joan de Tany loved him, now he knew it, and while he marvelled that so wondrous a creature could feel love for him, again he blamed himself, and felt sorrow for them both; for he did not return her love nor could he imagine a love strong enough to survive the knowledge that it was possessed by the Devil.Page 104
" So saying, Norman of Torn crept boldly across the improvised bridge, and disappeared within the window beyond.Page 113
"Naught but sorrow and death follow in my footsteps.Page 114
" "As you say, Father," replied Norman of Torn.Page 115
The long winter evenings within the castle of Torn were often spent in rough, wild carousals in the great hall where a thousand men might sit at table singing, fighting and drinking until the gray dawn stole in through the east windows, or Peter the Hermit, the fierce majordomo, tired of the din and racket, came stalking into the chamber with drawn sword and laid upon the revellers with the flat of it to enforce the authority of his commands to disperse.Page 123
The long lances, the heavy maces, the six-bladed battle axes, and the well-tempered swords of the knights played havoc among them, so that the rout was complete; but, not content with victory, Prince Edward must glut his vengeance, and so he pursued the citizens for miles, butchering great numbers of them, while many more were drowned in attempting to escape across the Ouse.Page 125
CHAPTER XVII When those of the royalists who had not deserted the King and fled precipitately toward the coast had regained the castle and the Priory, the city was turned over to looting and rapine.Page 132
" Together they rode toward Battel, and as they talked, Norman of Torn grew to like this brave and handsome gentleman.Page 147
"You had best retire, ladies," he said, "and rest.Page 149
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