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1845 Excerpt: ...never to answer the bell when the guard should be
absent; and on this occasion, while poor Esteer's heartbeat
violently with agitation and terror, she of course made no response
to the summons. The effect of this on the wild men without, was to
throw them into a state of violent rage; and their clamors and
threats, as they furiously besieged the door, at last constrained
Esteer to draw the bolt and raise the latch. Pale, trembling from
head to foot, and crouching to the ground from fear of the cruel
enemies of her race, now so exasperated against herself, she flung
herself before the terrified child, who clasped his arms round her
nefk and clung to her for the protection which she was so little
able to give. But instead of receiving, the child itself bestowed
protection, and by that embrace saved the life of the poor Jewess,
its beautiful nurse; for one of the savage and infuriated Arabs,
with raised cimetcr, was in the act of striking when the child
entwined its arms around her, interposing its body before the blow.
The Arab dared not strike the Christian boy, and while his
companion was in the act of tearing away the child from its close
and struggling clasp, the mother, whom the sound of alarm had
reached in a distant part of the house, entered, and accosted the
Arabs with a mother's resolute courage. They paid no regard to her,
and seemed not indeed to hear her, and yielding to terror, she
gazed powerless on the fearful scene. f hey would undoubtedly have
executed their purpose, and struck the girl dead before her
mistress's feet, but before they could disengage the child, the
Moorish guard entered, his return (from some errand in the
neighbourhood) having been hastened by the clamor of the Arabs at
the gate. His presence was like oil upon the raging wa...
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