The White Cockade

The White Cockade

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... the corporal, or Con galton, or Livingstone, or any soldier who might recognise him? He ground his teeth at the idea, and grasped his iron weapon ominously. Suddenly his quiclzened ear detected a familiar sound that sent the lifeblood coursing through his veins, and then back into his heart--it was the measured cadence of cars in the rowlocks; then he heard a shout--a voice hailing from the sea, and another responding from the walls. Anon, amid the chafing of the surge, he thought he could detect far down below the jarring of the boat and its side fenders, at the rocky landing-place, but that was merely the effect of fancy. The hour--yea, the moment had come, when all was to be ventured and won, or all for ever lost! Luckily for him the sun was completely set now. He knew that some time must inevitably elapse before the various baskets, casks, and sacks of provender for the garrison were borne in and emptied; but the fever of his impatience was too great to be resisted, and at this critical moment, at the risk of spoiling all, and casting his chances for ever away, he lifted the massive door out of its place, and issued into the corridor, at the end of which there was, he knew, another barrier, that opened at once upon the steep stair, which descends through the centre of the fortress, directly eastward, under the porcullis and the three gates that lead towards the sea. Alas! this door could be opened only from the outside, where it was secured by an iron bolt. His heart died within him, and a cold perspiration suffused his forehead, while he seemed to live a lifetime in the agony of a moment. A rapid glance sufiiced to show him that it hung upon two hooks, as the doors in old Scottish castles generally do, and that the wood work fitted...show more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236906535
  • 9781236906533