Walter's Word (1); A Novel, Volume 1

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 118 pages
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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. 1875 Excerpt: ...of such a tale as this. My return, I feel confident, would be the signal for putting Milord to death at once. You don't know the captain's temper, signor. And then there is Corbara to egg him on. Of course I will go if such is your wish, but that is my conviction." In vain Walter attempted to move Santoro from this opinion, delivered with all the gravity of a judge in banco. It was certain that he was in the best position to speak positively upon such a matter; and he had no motive for misrepresenting it. Walter felt convinced, against his will, that upon himself alone depended the success of his mission. Yet without the authorization, how could he hope to induce the bankers to advance such a sum, or the tenth part of it? To be sure he had Mr. Brown's credentials in the paper he had given him at parting, which begged them to put confidence in the bearer, and to hasten matters as much as possible; but what was the tag of the play without the play itself? If the sum had been a thousand pounds, or even five thousand, it might easily enough have been raised under such an urgent necessity; but fifty thousand pounds! He felt that the task he was about to undertake was almost hopeless, but yet he must needs attempt it by whatever means he found available. He shook hands with Santoro, and returned alone to his own lodgings. Francisco met him at the door with, for him, quite extravagant signs of welcome and satisfaction. "I never thought to see your face again, signor," exclaimed he. "I was right, you see, about these gentlemen of the mountains. Well, you have seen Corralli face to face, and yet escaped him with a whole skin and a whole purse. That is what no other man in Sicily can say for himself, save you and me. Walter did not think it worth ...

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