Wacousta: or The prophecy: a tale of the Canadas, Volume 3

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T. Cadell, 1832 - Fiction - 371 pages
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Page 199 - Whether this intimancy sprang from the adventitious circumstance of our being more frequently thrown together as officers of the same company, — for we were both attached to the grenadiers, — or that my wild spirit was soothed by the bland amenity of his manners, I know not. The latter, however, is not improbable ; for proud and haughty and dignified, as the colonel now is, such was not then the character of the ensign ; who seemed thrown out of one of nature's supplest moulds, to fawn, and cringe,...
Page 340 - Let my hands be cut loose," he pursued, but in a tone in which agitation and excitement might be detected, " and if bark be brought me, and a burnt stick or coal, I will give you not only a sample of Indian ingenuity, but a specimen of my own progress in Indian acquirements." " What, free your hands, and thus afford you a chance of escape?" observed the governor, doubtingly. Wacousta bent his steadfast gaze on him for a few moments as if he questioned he had heard aright. Then, bursting into a wild...
Page 321 - Clara, whom he had the audacity to sully with proposals to become his bride," pursued the baronet. "His tale was a most extraordinary one. He narrated it, however, only up to the period when the life of De Haldimar was attempted by him at Quebec. But with his subsequent history we are all acquainted, through the fame of his bloody atrocities in all the posts that have fallen into the hands of Ponteac. That man, savage and even fiendish as he now is, was once possessed of the noblest qualities. I...
Page 280 - Clara," and he shook her violently by the arm. " He who had robbed me of all that gave value to life, and incentive 6 to honour, — he who, under the guise of friendship, had stolen into the Eden of my love, and left it barrenless of affection. In a word, yon detested governor, to whose inhuman cruelty even the son of my brother has, by some strange fatality of coincidence, so recently fallen a second sacrifice. Curses, curses on him...
Page 308 - The retreat of the detachment then commenced rapidly; but it was not without being hotly pursued by the band of warriors the yell of Wacousta had summoned in pursuit, that they finally gained the fort: under what feelings of sorrow for the fate of an officer so beloved, we leave it to our readers to imagine. CHAPTER XII.
Page 345 - Stepping lightly upon the pegs, he had rapidly ascended to the utmost height of these before anyone thought of following him, and then, grasping in his teeth the cord which was to have served for his execution, and holding Clara firmly against his chest while he embraced the smooth staff with knees and feet closely compressed around it, accomplished the difficult ascent with an ease that astonished all who beheld him. Gradually, as he approached the top, the tapering pine waved to and fro, and at...
Page 334 - Yes," fervently pursued the excited prisoner, stamping violently with his foot upon the earth, " he robbed me of my affianced wife, and for that I resented an outrage that should have banished him to some lone region where he might never again pollute human nature with his presence, he caused me to be tried by a courtmartial and dismissed the service. Then, indeed, I became the outlaw he has described, but not until then. Now, Colonel De Haldimar, that I have proclaimed your infamy, poor and inefficient...
Page 79 - Imagining, therefore, he could not, without difficulty, succeed in making himself heard, and deeming the urgency of the case required it, he determined to wave the usual ceremony of knocking, and penetrate to his father's bedroom unannounced. The glass door being without fastening within, easily yielded to his pressure of the latch; but as he passed by the table, a strong and natural feeling of curiosity induced him to cast his eye upon the miniature. To his infinite surprise, nay, almost terror,...
Page 216 - Belted in on every hand by bold and precipitous crags, that seemed to defy the approach even of the wildest animals, and putting utterly at fault the penetration and curiosity of man, was spread a carpet of verdure, a luxuriance of vegetation that might. have put to shame the fertility of the soft breeze-nourished valleys of Italy and Southern France. " At about twenty yards from the aperture, and on a bank formed of turf, covered with moss, and interspersed with roses and honey-suckles, sat the...
Page 310 - One was for impaling him alive, and setting him up to rot on the platform above the gate. Another for blowing him from the muzzle of a twenty-four pounder, into the centre of the first band of Indians that approached the fort, that thus perceiving they had lost the strength and sinew of their cunning war, they might be the more easily induced to propose terms of peace. A third was of opinion he ought to be chained to the top of the flag-staff, as a target, to be shot at with arrows only, contriving...

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