At Odds Volume . 2

At Odds Volume . 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...for a moment to Madame d'Epplen's coachman to desire him to follow, passed on, loudly commanding his postilion to proceed at all hazards. Hilda looked round and saw a number of armed peasants assembled at the entrance of a rough path leading from the road to the mountains. The caleche before them had suddenly stopped in consequence of the postilion having refused to urge his horses any longer, and Madame d'Epplen's grays, alarmed either at the loud voices or angry gesticulations of the peasants, and impeded in their progress by the carriage before them, commenced rearing, plunging, and kicking, until the leaders got their legs fairly over the traces, when the continuance of their restive movements was ended by the surrounding peasants catching the reins and forcibly holding their heads steady. "Do they intend to rob or murder us?" asked Madame d'Epplen, a good deal alarmed. "I don't know," answered Hilda, "but resistance is out of the question. Doris says these peasants are quite unlike Italians or Spaniards--so perhaps--they only--want us--for hostages!" Every trace of colour forsook her face, however, when a desperately bearded peasant held up his hand to assist her descent, and as soon as she was within reach lifted her unceremoniously in his arms to the ground. Meantime the officer vainly endeavoured to explain the unlawfulness of waylaying harmless travellers, and received for answer that his harmlessness was not quite evident. "Then keep me prisoner, but let these ladies continue their journey." "We'll keep you and your despatches, and the ladies into the bargain." "And the horses too," added a man who seemed to understand their worth, and had assisted the coachman in putting more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488350
  • 9781236488350