The Ransom; A Tale of the Thirteenth Century, Founded on a Family Tradition Volume 3

The Ransom; A Tale of the Thirteenth Century, Founded on a Family Tradition Volume 3

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...Hampshire to join the knight, whose ship he learned lay in Southampton water. His journey had hitherto been prosperous, and on the fifth day after his departure from Leighton, he gained the borders of the New Forest. It was near the usual hour of dinner, and the young rider, who had the appetite of his age, rejoiced at the sight of a trim hostelry, promising refreshment to man and horse, on the very confines of the wood. Springing from his horse, and resigning it to a ready ostler, he entered the inn kitchen, from which sundrysavoury odours proceeded, announcing the coming repast. It was a large, low room; a cheerful wood fire blazed on the hearth, on which a sturdy country girl was preparing the dinner. Several groups, all by their dress and appearance churls, were seated in the chamber, who eyed the new comer for a moment, and then resumed their own conversation or employment. The squire, who never lost sight of the casket, had rolled it in his cloak, and now laid it down beside him, as he seated himself at a table near the chimney corner, and ordered the host to bring him a flask of wine. The order was quickly obeyed, but as the worthy placed it before his guest, with many commendations of its goodness, and its age, he trod on the end of the mantle which hung from the table, and the ivory box rolled on the kitchen floor. Mine host picked it up, with many apologies for his awkwardness, but (unobserved by the squire, who was drinking with the eagerness of a thirsty traveller) exchanged, at the same moment, a glance with a tall, dark man, who stood near the chimney corner, whispering occasionally to the coquettish damsel, who officiated as cook. The forester immediately withdrew, and the landlord stood with a face of hypocritical dulness waiting...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123659410X
  • 9781236594105