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Musing on all this as I rode along

  • Comments 0 ,Count   Stanislas   himself   was   a   student and   a   recluse.   He   seldom   visited   the   house,   and   had,   on   Fritz’s   request, very readily and courteously offered me its hospitality for myself and my party. This, then, was our destination; chosen ostensibly for the sake of the boar-hunting       (for   the  wood     was    carefully    preserved,     and   boars,    once common   all   over   Ruritania,   were   still   to   be   found   there   in   considerable numbers), really because it brought us within striking distance of the Duke of Strelsau’s more magnificent dwelling on the other side of the town. A large    party   of   servants,    with   horses    and   luggage,     started   early   in  the morning;we   followed   at   midday,   travelling   by  train   for   thirty   miles,   and then mounting our horses to ride the remaining distance to the chateau.      We were a gallant party. Besides Sapt and Fritz, I was accompanied by ten gentlemen: every one of them had been carefully chosen, and no less carefully sounded, by my two friends, and all were devotedly attached to the person of the King.

 Louis Vuitton Outlet ,They were told a part of the truth; the attempt on my   life   in   the   summer-house   was   revealed   to   them,   as   a   spur   to   their loyalty and an incitement against Michael. They were also informed that a friend   of   the   King’s   was   suspected   to   be   forcibly   confined   within   the Castle of Zenda. His rescue was one of the objects of the expedition; but, it was added, the King’s main desire was to carry into effect certain steps against   his   treacherous   brother,   as   to   the   precise   nature   of   which   they could     not   at   present    be   further    enlightened.      Enough      that  the   King commanded          their   services,    and   would      rely  on    their   devotion     when occasion arose to call for it. Young, well-bred, brave, and loyal, they asked no more: they were ready to prove their dutiful obedience, and prayed for a fight as the best and most exhilarating mode of showing it. Thus the scene was shifted from Strelsau to the chateau of Tarlenheim and Castle of Zenda, which frowned at us across the valley. I tried to shift my thoughts   also, to   forget my  love,  and to   bend all   my energies   to  the task before me. It was to get the King out of the Castle alive. Force was useless: in some trick lay the chance; and I had already an inkling of what we must do.


Louis Vuitton ,But I was terribly hampered by the publicity which attended my movements. Michael must know by now of my expedition; and I knew Michael too well to suppose that his eyes would be blinded by the feint of the boar-hunt. He would understand very well what the real quarry was. That, however, must be risked–that and all it might mean; for Sapt, no less than    myself,    recognized     that  the   present   state   of  things   had   become unendurable. And there was one thing that I dared to calculate on–not, as I now   know,   without   warrant.   It   was   this–that   Black   Michael   would   not believe that I meant well by the King. He could not appreciate–I will not say an honest man, for the thoughts of my own heart have been revealed– but a man acting honestly. He saw my opportunity as I had seen it, as Sapt had seen it; he knew the princess–nay (and I declare that a sneaking sort of pity for him invaded me), in his way he loved her; he would think that Sapt and Fritz could be bribed, so the bribe was large enough.


Louis Vuitton Bags ,Thinking thus, would he kill the King, my rival and my danger? Ay, verily, that he would, with as little compunction as he would kill a rat. But he would kill Rudolf Rassendyll first, if he could; and nothing but the certainty of being utterly damned by the release of the King alive and his restoration to the throne would drive him  to   throw away  the trump   card   which he held in reserve to baulk the supposed game of the impudent impostor Rassendyll. Musing on all this as I rode along, I took courage.      Michael knew of my coming, sure enough. I had not been in the house an hour, when an imposing Embassy arrived from him. He did not quite reach   the   impudence   of   sending   my   would-be   assassins,   but   he   sent   the other     three    of   his   famous     Six–the     three    Ruritanian     gentlemen– Lauengram,   Krafstein,   and   Rupert   Hentzau.   A   fine,   strapping   trio   they were,    splendidly     horsed   and    admirably     equipped. 


Louis Vuitton ,   Young     Rupert,    who looked   a   dare-devil,   and   could   not   have   been   more   than   twenty-two   or twenty-three, took the lead, and made us the neatest speech, wherein my  devoted   subject   and   loving   brother   Michael   of   Strelsau,   prayed   me   to pardon   him   for   not   paying   his   addresses   in   person,   and,   further,   for   not putting   his   Castle   at   my   disposal;   the   reason   for   both   of   these   apparent derelictions   being   that   he   and   several   of   his   servants   lay   sick   of   scarlet fever, and were in a very sad, and also a very infectious state.


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