Excerpt from The Chronicles of Don Q
For Don Q., though perhaps not endowed with the sempiternal quality, had many other attributes of mysterious greatness. Few had seen him, but all knew him and feared him, and most had felt his power; he had cognizance of what was said or done, or, indeed, even thought of, throughout the length and the breadth of the Wild region over which he held sway. He dealt out reward and punishment with the same unsparing hand. If a goatherd pleased him, the fellow was made rich for life; but no man lived to bring him false information twice.
From his hidden abiding-place in the black rock, a hundred feet above the general camp of his fol lowers, he was to the surrounding country as a poised hawk to a covey of partridges.
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