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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... pace as she spoke; but with
so little success that she must have fallen from exhaustion had not
Durward supported her. With the tenderness of a mother, when she
conveys her infant out of danger, the young Scot raised his
precious charge in his arms; and, while she encircled his neck with
one arm, lost to every other thought save the desire of escaping,
he would not have wished one of the risks of the night
unencountered, since such had been the conclusion. The honest
burgomaster was, in his turn, supported and dragged forward by his
faithful counsellor Peter and another of his clerks; and thus, in
breathless haste, they reached the banks of the river, encountering
many strolling bands of citizens, who were eager to know the event
of the siege, and the truth of certain rumours already afloat, that
the conquerors had quarrelled among themselves. Evading their
curiosity as they best could, the exertions of Peter and some of
his companions at length procured a boat for the use of the
company, and with it an opportunity of enjoying some repose,
equally welcome to Isabelle, who continued to lie almost motionless
in the arms of her preserver, and to the worthy burgomaster, who,
after delivering a broken string of thanks to Durward, whose mind
was at the time too much occupied to answer him, began a long
harangue, which he addressed to Peter, upon his own courage and
benevolence, and the dangers to which these virtues had exposed him
on this and other occasions. 'Peter--Peter, ' he said, resuming the
complaint of the preceding evening, 'if I had not had a bold heart,
I would never have stood out against paying the burgher's
twentieths, when every other living soul was willing to pay the
same. Ay, and then a less stout heart had not seduced me...
|Country of origin:
Society Of American Research
• Walter Scott
||246 x 189 x 11mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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