Tales of Old Flanders. Count Hugo of Craenhove and Wooden Clara

Tales of Old Flanders. Count Hugo of Craenhove and Wooden Clara

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...up the opening, and quickly set off on my journey. I had already left behind me a great part of the road, and was still hastening forward through the darkness, when I suddenly perceived behind me between the bushes two eyes, which gleamed like torches, and were stedfastly fixed upon me. I was not a little alarmed at this apparition, and so much the more because at the first glance I could not guess whether it was a man or an animal; I did not stop however, but courageously pursued my way. From time to time I looked anxiously round, and each time I found the two glaring eyes at the same distance from me. Passing through an oakcopse I heard upon the dry rustling leaves the footsteps of the creature, which was still following me; a scarcely perceptible gurgling sound told me that I had a wolf for my companion. As I knew that these animals seldom attack a man, unless he stumble or make some sudden movement, I took care not to make a trip, and held my hunting-knife in one hand and my hatchet in the other, ready for defence. Trembling and full of anxious suspense, I proceeded thus for more than a quarter of a league. The wolf had by this time ventured to approach nearer to me, and I became awfully certain that the danger was now imminent. "Suddenly there resounded from afar in the wood a hollow cry, like the howl of wolves when they spring upon a horse, and being too few in number to bear it down call to their fellows for aid. Upon this my pursuer turned round, and I heard him speed like a dart through the copse to his howling companions. For a moment I slackened my pace and breathed more freely; then I clasped my hands and thanked God fervently for my deliverance. "I now continued my journey with renewed courage. Arrived at the lonely...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236608534
  • 9781236608536