A Maid of the First Century; A Story for Girls

A Maid of the First Century; A Story for Girls

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...a Roman," came the reply, " but a slave, as we are or have been. Now the proud Romans bite the dust. Once more We are free! Free from the yoke of a hated master! No more will we raise our swords in Rome's defence, or strike to add to her glory! We are free, and Ariovistus hath done it." His form expanded with pride. Mara ceased her sobs, and looked at him. "Didst thou revolt because thou didst not wish to be a slave?" she asked. " Even so, maiden." "But how couldst thou slay Flavia and Publius, when they were so kind?" and the tears began to flow afresh. " They were Romans," was the answer. " We meant not to slay the woman, but it could n0t be helped. Do not our own women slay, and suffer themselves to be slain in battle? It is the will of Tin, the god of battle." " The retainers were not Romans; why didst thou slay them? They were slaves, even as thou wert." "But slaves that loved their bondage, and knew not the noble desire for liberty," responded the chief. "Do thou rest in peace, maiden. Thou art watched over by Nertha. Thou shalt be taken to our own land, received into our own homes, and, when thy years have grown more, thou shalt be given to one of our own sons in marriage." So saying, he left her and returned to the deck. The girl sank upon a couch, and lifted up her heart in a wild, frantic appeal to heaven. Rome, father, country, lost! all lost! Everything was dark and black before her. No ray of light pierced the gloom. Her brain whirled. Again the awful sight of the battle was before her; again the death cries of the wounded men rang in her ears; again Publius and Flavia fell before her gaze. Fainting, her...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236968530
  • 9781236968531