Maelcho; A Sixteenth Century Narrative Volume 1

Maelcho; A Sixteenth Century Narrative Volume 1

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ..." Look to yonder tall kern, upon the top of yon heap of carrion. See if he have any information to give. He looks as if he might. If he speaks English, ask his name, and whose man he is. If he answer, report to me what he says; if not, hang him. No delay!" Lieutenant Fenwick turned away, yawning slightly a? he did so, for this early morning duty was severe, particularly to a man who at all times was a light sleeper. Hugh Gaynard caught the words. lie had resolved to die silently; these bloodhounds, he said to himself, should have no satisfaction out of him. As for death, the worst of it was over already surely! Now at the sound of that clear, incisive English voice, at the sight of that brilliant, authoritative youth--almost his own contemporary--something within him, something that was stronger than himself, that was stronger than apathy, or even rage, awoke. Die! yes, he was ready to die, that was a matter of course, but he was not going to die like that, not as one of a hardly counted list of rebels. He was not going to be killed as a wood-kern. Without waiting, therefore, for the sergeant's approach, or for the arousing prick of his pike, he lifted himself a little higher, and spoke out distinctly in English: "I am no kern. I am an Englishman. I only came here last night. My name is Gaynard." An Englishman! It was as if he had announced that he was a seraph! There was a general pause of astonishment, almost of consternation. Even the common soldiers, stolid by habit, and inured to slaughter as a matter of business, were startled, nay shocked. To kill an Englishman ignorantly, unwittingly, amongst a crowd of uncounted natives! It was a crime--worse than a crime, it was a profanation. Picture to yourself a group of American officers engaged...
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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672844
  • 9781236672841