The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground, Volume 2

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Charles Wiley, 1824
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It's important to remember the time period that a book was written in when delving into a work of classical literature. For example, The Spy came out in 1821 when American novelists were still focused ... Read full review

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It has been forever since I've read this, but I remember it as gripping and fun to read. In my naive youth, I never thought about spies before the Cold War. :) Read full review

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Page 74 - I see a Johnny Birch come out of he grave — -Johnny walk afore he buried." " Ah ! then he must have led an evil life indeed...
Page 191 - And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth? Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters : as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou.
Page 277 - France were led by their illustrious commander against the enemy under Cornwallis, and terminated a campaign in triumph that had commenced in difficulties. Great Britain soon after became disgusted with the war, and the independence of the States was acknowledged. As years rolled by it became a subject of pride among the different actors in the war and their descendants to boast of their efforts in the cause which had confessedly heaped so many blessings upon their country ; but the name of Harvey...
Page 275 - Now, indeed, I know you; and although the same reasons which have hitherto compelled me to expose your valuable life will still exist, and prevent my openly asserting your character, in private I can always be your friend ; fail not to apply to me when in want or suffering, and so long as God giveth to me, so long will I freely share with a man who feels so nobly and acts so well. If sickness or want should ever assail you, and peace once more smile upon our efforts, seek the gate of him whom you...
Page 200 - Henry eagerly seized this permission to look aside, and the blood curdled to his heart as he observed that they were passing a gallows that unquestionably had been erected for his own execution. He turned his face from the sight in undisguised horror. " There is a warning to be prudent in that bit of wood," said the pedler, in the sententious manner that he often adopted.
Page 274 - If not for money, what then ?" "What has brought your excellency into the field? For what do you daily and hourly expose your precious life to battle and the halter ? What is there about me to mourn, when such men as you risk their all for our country? No, no, no — not a dollar of your gold will I touch ; poor America has need of it all...
Page 205 - ... fuel. At the sight of this cover, Henry again urged the pedler to dismount, and to plunge into the woods ; but his request was promptly refused. The two roads, before mentioned, met at a very sharp angle, at a short distance from the turn, and both were circuitous, so that but little of either could be seen at a time. The pedler took the one which led to the left, but held it only a moment ; for, on reaching a partial opening in the thicket, he darted across into the right-hand path, and led...
Page 274 - There are many motives which might govern me, that to you are unknown. Our situations are different; I am known as the leader of armies - but you must descend into the grave with the reputation of a foe to your native land. Remember, that the veil which conceals your true character cannot be raised in years - perhaps never.
Page 277 - He paused, and moved towards the door. The officer followed him with eyes that expressed powerful interest. Once more the pedler turned, and seemed to gaze on the placid, but commanding features of the General, with regret and reverence, and then, bowing low, he withdrew. The armies of America and France were led by their illustrious commander against the enemy under Cornwallis, and terminated a campaign in triumph, that had commenced in difficulties. Great Britain soon after became disgusted with...
Page 188 - Any thing but your leg," said the pedler, coolly pursuing the toilet of Henry. " Slip on the coat, Captain, over all. Upon my word, you 'd pass well at a pinkster frolic ; and here, Caesar, place this powdered wig over your curls, and be careful and look out of the window, whenever the door is open, and on no account speak, or you will betray all.

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