Peggy Owen at Yorktown

Peggy Owen at Yorktown

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Excerpt: ...adventurous jaunt after all, though still I would I were with mother. There! I don't believe that my cousin will ignore my offering this morning." And with this she placed a few violets on the platter, and started for the hospital, going through the gate of the orchard which opened into Palace Street. As she closed the gate and turned in the direction of the hospital she saw an officer coming down the street. There was something strangely familiar in his appearance, and Peggy was so impressed with the idea that it was some one she had met that she regarded 210 him keenly. She stopped as though she had received a shock as she recognized him. For the man was Major-General Benedict Arnold, and he was coming directly toward her. 211 CHAPTER XVII-AN UNWELCOME ENCOUNTER "He stood alone-A renegade Against the Country he betrayed." Peggy leaned against the fence for support, trembling violently. General Arnold was evidently bound for the palace, and she must pass him if she continued on her way to the hospital. The thought of running back to the house, and waiting until he had passed came to her, but she found herself incapable of moving. Peggy was obliged to resign herself to the encounter. The scarlet and gold of the British uniform well became him, Peggy could not but observe. His dark, handsome face looked impassively from under his laced, cocked hat, and with quickening heart-throbs she saw that he still limped. Wildly she hoped that he would pass by without noticing her, and she watched his approach with a sort of fascination. The birds sang merrily above her head, flitting from 212 tree to tree across the blue of the sky. From the topmost bough of a near-by mulberry tree an oriole poured forth a flood of melody. A fresh river breeze bearing on its wings the odors of the sea stirred the maiden's hair and touched her flushed cheeks with refreshing coolness. Alas! as he came directly in front of her he raised his eyes, and then more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236723880
  • 9781236723888