The Cryptogram a Novel

The Cryptogram a Novel

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Excerpt: ...the stern eye of Obed. He felt himself covered by his pistol, and did not dare to move. The gens d'armes looked disturbed, but made no effort to interfere. They felt that they had to do with a desperate man, and waited for orders. "Don't you hear my question?" thundered Obed. "What the deuce is the meaning of this, and who the deuce do you take me for? Don't move," he cried, seeing a faint movement of the agent's hand; "or I'll blow your brains out; I will, by the Eternal!" "Beware," faltered the agent; "I belong to the police. I am doing my duty." "Pooh! What is your beggarly police to me, or your beggarly king either, and all his court? There are a couple of Yankee frigates out there that could bring down the whole concern in a half hour's bombardment. You've made a mistake, you poor, pitiful concern; but I'm in search of information, and I'm bound to get it. Answer me now without any more humbugging. What's the meaning of this?" "I was ordered to watch for any one who might come here and ask for '_Miss Lorton_, '" said the agent, who spoke like a criminal to a judge. "I have watched here for seven weeks. You came to-day, and you are under arrest." "Ah?" said Obed, as a light began to flash upon him. "Who ordered you to watch?" "The prefect." "Do you know any thing about the person whom you were to arrest?" "No." "Don't you know his crime?" "No. It had something to do with the French police." "Do you know his name?" "Yes." "What was it?" "_Gualtier_," said the agent. "And you think I am Gualtier?" "Yes." "And so there is no such person as Miss Lorton here?" "No." "Hasn't she been here at all?" "No; no such person has ever been here." "That'll do," said Obed, gravely, and with some sadness in his face. As he spoke, he put back his revolver into his pocket. "My good friend," said he, "you've made a mistake, and put me to some annoyance, but you've only done your duty. I forgive you. I am not this man Gualtier whom you are after, but I am the more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 476g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236708032
  • 9781236708038