A dash for a throne

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Gossett & Dunlap, 1899 - 352 pages
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Page 168 - I will," she replied, rising also and going to the door. If she left the room the plan would be at an end. 1 felt that, and I would have given all I had in the world to feel able to stop her.
Page 148 - ... etc. But you have a secret, cousin Hans — a secret that is never out of your thoughts; that has nothing to do with all this fresh trouble and intrigue; that took you away from the castle for two days just after you arrived; and that has written its lines on your face. That may be because you can find no one to tell it to. Of course you think of me only as a...
Page 70 - That there would be risk a child could see ; and the nature of it would depend on the character of this man's treachery, the people with whom he was co-operating, and the length they were prepared to go in silencing me. I regarded it as quite possible that I should not return. If, as was supposed, the death of the Count Gustav had been deliberately planned, I might take it for granted that I should be pursued with almost equal hostility.
Page 166 - Much more than you seem to imagine," she exclaimed sharply, her eyes flashing again. The answer pleased me, for it seemed to show that I was successfully concealing the alarm which her visit had caused. Certainly I must not let her have an inkling of the fact that she could really do any harm. "You are a most incomprehensible creature, my dear Clara. During the years I knew you I paid you as...
Page 51 - we will discuss together what has to be done, and try to settle the arrangements. " There were, of course, many arrangements to be made, and the consultation occupied a long time. As a result I issued a number of directions such as seemed best, including those for the funeral, which I fixed for three days later. Then I had to consider my own matters, and to mature a plan which I had formed after my interview with the Countess Minna. I felt that I could not continue the deception in regard to myself;...
Page 183 - His face had lost all its jaunty, blustering expression and had turned gray with sudden fear. " He's fallen off the box, or jumped off," he cried In a tone hoarse with panic. It was true. The driver had disappeared, and the horse, freed from all control, was stretching himself out at a wild gallop. "For God's sake, what had we better do, Prince? cried the coward, turning to me in positively abject fear. "It serves you light," I growled, with a rough oatk 1* You'll be lucky if you get out of this...
Page 150 - You have given me your promise," she said. " 1 ought to have made a condition — that you do not read me quite so carefully," I answered lightly as I rose. " Then I have read aright? To me your eyes are as books." "Yet you must be careful how you read them,
Page 82 - I presume you will be prepared to do what all the rest of us have done — take an oatb of allegiance to the new Queen? " " When I join you, I will do whatever the rest do. ' " We are all pledged to the hilt. Every man of us has made the oath and signed a declaration to uphold the good cause.
Page 103 - A damnable scheme!" I exclaimed, between my teeth. " Wait, wait," he said calmly, laying a hand on my arm. " Your Gustav was in the way, and it is a canon of the Ostenburg code that there shall be no Gramberg claimant to the throne alive, or, at any rate, fit to claim it. So the quarrel and the duel were engineered, and there remained only the Countess Minna. Then they had a stroke of luck.
Page 169 - I had been gloating1 over her defeat. I scribbled a hasty note that I had been called away, and should be glad to see her another time, and left this to be given to her. This interview had the necessary effect of increasing my uneasiness materially. Each day seemed now to be revealing a fresh weak spot, and the chances of failure were growing fast. Now it was not only the failure of the plot that threatened us, but the disgrace of personal exposure.

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