In Maremma, by Ouida

In Maremma, by Ouida

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...wretched, hungry, filled with fear, and compelled to concealment, though they were--had been so sweet to him, that night and day since he had been captured afresh he had meditated escape; schemed for it, lived for it, scarcely felt the heat of the sun or the cold of the wind, the aching of his old wounds or the lash of the overseer's whip, for thinking every moment--could he get away? He would have torn himself from his trap as the eagle does, leaving its foot wrenched off behind it. The thirst for the liberty of the hills was like a madness on him. To his gaolers and his companions in misery he never spoke. If he could have slain them all and so escaped, he would have done it. 'She is beautiful and her mother was noble, ' he muttered, 'You would torment her' 'No; I might have called to the gaolers yesterday, and if I had said to them " yonder child is of my blood," they would have let me speak to her. But 1 would not. I stole her gold toys; I would rather she should never know You are a sailor, you have a ship; if you can get me away, take me to Sardinia. There are Mastarna men there; kindred of mine. They, too, live by the mountains; they would make me welcome' The overseer turned and resumed his walk near them. Saturnino lapsed into the sullen silence he had preserved since his capture. 'I will see you again, ' murmured the Sicilian, and for prudence sake he left the sea-wall and went towards the town to summon those of his sailors who were drinking and domino-playing at the wine-houses. To do what the galley-slave asked him might be utter ruin and disgrace to him; it might cost him his vessel, and his liberty, and his good name. If he helped the captive to cheat the law, the law would most likely find out his complicity and...show more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236864506
  • 9781236864505