The Living Age Volume 219

The Living Age Volume 219

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...it seems more like murder than a duel. Let us begin all over again. We will decide by lot who is to fire first." "My head swam; I believe I refused. Finally, we loaded another pistol and put two tickets in a hat. Again I drew number one. " 'The luck of hell is on your side, Count," said Sylvie, with a smile which I shall never forget. "I do not know how I was finally persuaded, but I tried first and hit that picture. Then Sylvie was terrible to look upon; he aimed at me. Suddenly the door opened; Macha rushed in and threw herself on my feeling my neck with a scream. The sight of her took away my courage. "'.iy darling, ' I exclaimed, 'don't you see that we are only jesting? How frightened you are! Go and get a glass of water, then come back and I will present my old friend and comrade to you.' ' "She did not believe me. " 'Is what my husband says true?' she said, addressing Sylvie. " 'Your husband always jests, ' he replied. 'Once he slapped me in a jest; he sent a bullet through my hat in a jest; just now, he missed his aim at me, still in jest. Now, I should like a little pleasantry in my turn." He then aimed at me--before her! She threw herself at his feet. " 'Rise at once, Macha, ' I cried, entirely beside myself: 'and you, sir, cease torturing a poor woman. Will you fire or not?' " 'I will not, ' replied the strange man; 'I have seen your anxiety, your fear, and I have forced you to fire at me; that is enough; I am satisfied; I will leave you with your conscience.' "He went at once to the door; pausing on the threshold, he looked at the picture my bullet...show more

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  • Paperback | 506 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 894g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236929241
  • 9781236929242