In Wild Maratha Battle
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... in the morning there was nothing to give any sign of what had happened in the night. CHAPTER XXXII BROTHER AND SISTER NEXT day at an early hour Rustum Zuman formally took over the command of the fortress from his predecessor, who, indignant at being superseded, and unwilling to remain as a guest where he had enjoyed absolute command, immediately left Satara. Soon after his departure Nettaji was taken out of his dungeon, and assigned quarters where he could live in honourable captivity. On giving his oath not to attempt to escape, he was allowed freedom to go where he pleased within the walls of the fortress. Once more he could walk on the ramparts, and there he would meet his long-lost sister, and talk with her of the home of their childhood and their parents, and all that had happened since the fatal day when Gunga had left Chauk with the marriage procession that was to conduct her to Vadgaon. "How," asked Nettaji, "was it that thou never sentest us any word that thou wert still alive?" "I was so ashamed," she said, "to be the wife of a Mahometan, that I preferred that you should all think me dead." "It must indeed," he replied, "have been terrible for thee to submit to such a lot as to marry one who despises as idols the gods of our fathers. Would it not indeed have been better for thee to die, as many a brave Rajputni has done, rather than submit to such an indignity?" "That too entered my mind, my brother," she replied, "and once I even procured a dagger. But I am a poor weak timid woman. I could not drive it into my heart, and, coward that I am, I lived on." "Last night thou wert brave enough." "No, Nettya, I am not brave. Last night I trembled all over when I went out into the dark. Those awful peals of thunder and the lightning made me half-dead with terr...
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