From: Gwendoline Farley
Date: Sep 21, 2006 6:07 PM
And then suddenly she remembered
the face she had seen theafternoon before in the lakeside alley.
But you have no prepossession in the matter? The castle, seen at
closer range, was moreimpressive than ever. Two yearsago she had
sat opposite him at dinner at Castle Gay and atbreakfast at Knockraw.
Then he turned toJaikie with a broad grin. He must knowsomething
about the woods, for the way through them to this cottageisnt easy
to find. And then suddenly she remembered the face she had seen
theafternoon before in the lakeside alley. The Counts treatment
of the caserejoiced Jaikies heart. Hehoped that Luigi would take
him where he could get a long drink. Casimirprobably knew nothing
of Mastrovins presence.
Youre alittle devil, Jaikie, to come here at the tag-end of your
holiday. Apparently the immortal Gods will haveno part in this affair.
Evallonia is a nervous country, thought Jaikie. But they slipped
into aclose friendship, and rubbed the corners off each others minds.
Then something ingenuous inJaikies face made them repent of their
doubts. Plots were beinghatched, thought the girl in a delicious
tremor of excitement. FromZutpha the guests of the princes of this
house were driven in greatcoaches with outriders. His high-pitched,
ratheremotional voice kept his auditors wakeful. The car slowed
down, and his companion, whoever he was, began withdeft hands to
undo his bonds.
Whatwas Prince John doing disguised
as a woodcutter in this remoteand secret hut? I have been across
half Europe, said Jaikie. But she remembered well the shaggy leonine
head, the heavybrows and the forward thrust of the jaw. I must havetramped
about five hundred miles. The Counts treatment of the caserejoiced
Jaikies heart. I am very hungry, said Jaikie, who saw his hopes
of luncheondisappearing. My moneys done, and I go hometo-morrow,
but I thought Id have a look inside Evallonia first. It was cool,
and it was heavily scented, for on one side was athicket of lemon
verbena. Whatwas Prince John doing disguised as a woodcutter in
this remoteand secret hut? He and acousin had shared lodgings, and
at first they were not popular.
But he was strongly interested inMr
Glynde. It is, so to speak, a new Societyof Jesus, sworn to utter
obedience. Jaikie looked with respect at the first Evallonians he
had seen ontheir native heath. The rest of herwaking hours were
devoted to a routine which seemed void alike ofmirth or reason.
If you can arrange to stay here for a little, said Ashie, Ipromise
to show you life. Then,almost with the same movement, he released
his arms and drew thebandages from his face. Nowtheir troubles were
of a wholly different kind. Juventus will do nothing of thekind,
since Prince John is not its own candidate. But he was strongly
interested inMr Glynde. I will lead you to a better restaurant,
he saidin French with a villainous accent. Im lunching with a friend
and going back to Kremisch in theevening.