By the Roaring Reuss

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General Books, 2009 - 74 pages
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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. 1898 Excerpt: ...is by the opening in the wall on the floor above." "But how can we do that? It opens only on to a deep and awful precipice." "I must help to let you down by the rope-ladder which is hidden in the upper story under the floor," said Anna. "It must be done towards midnight, and I will arrange with a nephew I can trust both for his experience and secrecy, to take you in his sleigh. But I must go and make a few needful preparations for your flight. I will return as soon as the soldiers are settled down for the night." When Anna was gone Francesca crossed over to where the Count was sitting on an oak bench and leaning his elbow on the rough table, as though bewildered and perplexed; and placing her hand on his shoulder, said, "Father, do not worry about this fresh difficulty. I can bear or do anything to help you; and this sudden departure will only take us sooner to our friends in safety." He took her hand and kissed it with a courtly reverence. About an hour before midnight Anna reappeared bearing a few things which would promote the comfort of the fugitives in their cold night journey, explaining to them her inability to come earlier owing to the lateness of the hour at which the soldiers retired to rest. In a few minutes Anna had drawn out the stout rope-ladder from its hiding-place and affixed it to the strong iron staples which were secured to the wall for the purpose, just as she had been taught to do it by Jean de Longobard on the day he quitted his home. In the dim starlight it seemed but a fragile thing as it hung down the face of the rock, and Francesca shuddered as she looked at it, but Anna assured her it was secure enough, for she knew strong men who had escaped by it even during her remembrance of the To...

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