I Saw Three Ships; And Other Winter's Tales
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 edition. Excerpt: ...'ee. I met the lot half an hour back, an' promised to call 'pon you and bring word you was here." "Come, come; I retract my sneers. You begin to excite my admiration. I shall undoubtedly shoot you before I'm taken, but it shall be your comfort to die amid expressions of esteem." "You'm mistaken. I came to save 'ee, if you'll be quick." "How?" "I've a load of ore-weed outside, in the cart. By the lie o' the cottage none can spy ye while you slip underneath it; but I'll fetch a glance round, to make sure. Underneath it you'll be safe, and I'll drive 'ee past the sailors, and send 'em on here to search." "You develop apace. But perhaps you'll admit a flaw in your scheme. What on earth induced you to imagine I should trust you?" "Man, I reckoned all that. My word's naught. But'tis your one chance--and I would kneel to 'ee, if by kneel in' I could persuade 'ee. We'll fight it out after; bring your pistols. Only come!" The stranger slipped on his other shoe, then his waistcoat and jacket, whistling softly. Then he stepped to the chimney-piece, took down his pistols, and stowed them in his coat-pockets. "I'm quite ready." Zeb heaved a great sigh like a sob; but only said: "Wait a second, while I see that the coast's clear." In less than three minutes the stranger was packed under the evil-smelling weed, drawing breath with difficulty, and listening, when the jolting allowed, to Zeb's voice, as he encouraged the mare. Jowters' carts travel fast as a rule, for their load perishes soon, and the distance from the coast to the market is often considerable. In this case Jessamy went at a round gallop, the loose stones flying from under her hoofs. Now and then one struck up against the bottom of the cart. It was hardly pleasant to be rattled at this rate, ...
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