Greifenstein saw before him a tall man, with abundant white hair and a snowy beard, of bronzed complexion, evidently strong in spite of his years, chiefly remarkable for the heavy black eyebrows that shaded his small grey eyes. The latter were placed too near together, and the eyelids slanted downwards at the outer side, which gave the face an expression of intelligence and great cunning. Deep lines furrowed the high forehead, and descended in broad curves from beneath the eyes till they lost themselves in the beard. Kuno von Rieseneck was evidently a man of strong feelings and passions, of energetic temperament, clever, unscrupulous, but liable to go astray after strange ideas, and possibly capable of something very like fanaticism.
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Ah, this is a romp of a romance, a potboiler of a high order. It contains one of the best suicide scenes I've ever read. I'm pretty sure my jaw actually and literally dropped as I read the scene. Alas, it is halfway throught the book, and there's some plotted business about a missing letter, and this sort of thing doesn't make great literature (though perhaps a fun movie, no?), but it does make for light reading, adventure reading. I highly recommend to those who know that they're not getting "War and Peace" or "Fathers and Sons" when they pick up the book. This is a romance. The characters are there, yes, but the incident, chiefly the incident of suicide, is the main dish. And it is unforgettable.