Sons of the Sword; A Romance of the Peninsular War Volume 2

Sons of the Sword; A Romance of the Peninsular War Volume 2

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...firmly in the face. "Labourdonnaye asserted this young lady to be my mistress. It was a lie and I have punished him for it." "Is this really the truth, Labourdonnaye?" Labourdonnaye bowed and muttered assent, anxious above all to avoid compromising the Countess O'Hara. The Emperor laughed his rare laugh. "What a singular reason for a duel! Yet I am glad to hear, Colonel, that you have abandoned this woman. I have already warned you against her." "I could not have abandoned Mademoiselle Dillon, Sire, for the simple reason that she has never been mine. It is true I made love to her in Madrid, but she repulsed me not too politely. I am no more accustomed to defeat in love than in war, and in a first burst of rage and surprise I committed follies for which I can never pardon myself. Yet I have not ceased to respect and admire this young lady, although she has had the misfortune to fall under your Majesty's suspicion, and while I am here, neither Frenchman nor foreigner shall insult her with impunity." The Emperor was even more astonished and puzzled than angry. That Vidal of all men should publicly acknowledge a rebuff from a woman was amazing. He wondered in vain what could be his aide-de-camp's motive. Meantime he observed: "You have done a silly thing, Colonel; so silly that if one of your enemies had 'told me of it I should not have believed him. The next time you desire to de fend the honour of your Dulcinea, I counsel you to sabre a windmill instead of endeavouring to kill me a valuable officer. Put on your uniform again and consider yourself under arrest. You also, Labourdonnaye, return to your quarters until further orders." Labourdonnaye was too...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123681052X
  • 9781236810526