Rookwood: A Romance, Volume 2

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R. Bentley, 1834 - 1152 pages
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Page 144 - All that are desirous to pass from London to York, or from York to London, or any other place on that Road; let them Repair to the Black Swan...
Page 164 - And he fired accordingly. The shot skimmed over the water, but did not, as it was intended, do much mischief. It, however, occasioned a mishap, which had nearly proved fatal to our aquatic attorney. Alarmed at the report of the pistol, in the nervous agitation of the moment Coates drew in his rein so tightly that his steed instantly sank. A moment or two afterwards he rose, shaking his ears, and floundering heavily towards the shore; and such was the chilling effect of this sudden immersion, that...
Page 121 - As the crow wings his flight we selected our road. We arrived at Hough Green in five minutes or less, My neck it was saved by the speed of Black Bess. Stepping carelessly forward I lounge on the green, Taking excellent care that by all I am seen; Some remarks on time's flight to the squires I address; But I say not a word of the flight of Black Bess.
Page 26 - Pliny informeth, when they intended to take up the root of this plant, they took the wind thereof, and with a sword describing three circles about it, they digged it up, looking toward the west.
Page 141 - ... their rider wills they do, or strive to do. When that governing power is relaxed, their energies are relaxed likewise; and their fine sensibilities supply them with an instant knowledge of the disposition and capacity of the rider. A gift of the gods is the gallant steed, which, like any other faculty we possess, to use or to abuse — to command or to neglect — rests with ourselves: he is the best general test of our own self-government.
Page 122 - Mfour ! — while at four they profess, I was quietly bowling — all thanks to Black Bess ! Then one halloo, boys, one loud cheering halloo ! To the swiftest of coursers, the gallant, the true ! For the sportsman unborn shall the memory bless Of the horse of the highwayman— bonny Black Bess ! GYPSY BALLAD.
Page 11 - Maltese cross ; while over his shoulders wore thrown the ample folds of a cloak of Tyrian hue. To his side was girt a long and doughty sword, which he termed, in his knightly phrase, Excalibur ; and upon his profuse hair rested a hat as broad in the brim as a Spanish sombrero. Exaggerated as this description may appear, we can assure our readers that it is not overdrawn ; and that a counterpart of the sketch we have given of the ruffler certainly
Page 153 - Dost fear? dost fea.r? The moon shines clear, Dost fear to ride with me? — Hurrah ! hurrah ! the dead can ride ! ' — 'O William, let them be! — 'See there, see there! What yonder swings And creaks mid whistling rain?
Page 147 - The most sedulous groom could not have bestowed more attention upon the horse of his heart, than Dick Turpin now paid to his mare. He scraped, chafed, and dried her, sounded each muscle, traced each sinew, pulled her ears, examined the state of her feet, and, ascertaining that her
Page 203 - ... remaining strength, he essayed to raise the lid, but now it was more firmly closed than ever. It defied all his power. Once, for an instant, he fancied that it yielded to his straining sinews, but it was only his hand that slided upon the surface of the marble. It was fixed — immovable.

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