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Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 14. How Otto Saw The Great Emperor Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 14. How Otto Saw The Great Emperor

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 14. How Otto Saw The Great Emperor
Chapter XIV. How Otto Saw the Great EmperorThrough weakness and sickness and faintness, Otto had lain in a half swoon through all that long journey under the hot May sun. It was as in a dreadful nightmare that he had heard on and on and on that monotonous throbbing of galloping hoofs upon the ground; had felt that last kiss that his father had given him upon his cheek. Then the onward ride again, until all faded away into a dull mist and he knew no more. When next he woke it was with the pungent smell of burned vinegar in... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 1687

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 13. How Baron Conrad Held The Bridge Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 13. How Baron Conrad Held The Bridge

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 13. How Baron Conrad Held The Bridge
Chapter XIII. How Baron Conrad Held the BridgeAs the last of his followers swept around the curving road and was lost to sight, Baron Conrad gave himself a shake, as though to drive away the thoughts that lay upon him. Then he rode slowly forward to the middle of the bridge he wheeled his horse so as to face his coming enemies. He lowered the vizor of his helmet and bolted it to its place, and then saw that sword and dagger were loose in the scabbard and easy to draw when the need for drawing should arise.Down the steep... Long Stories - Post by : ben.g - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 2103

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 12. A Ride For Life Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 12. A Ride For Life

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 12. A Ride For Life
Chapter XII. A Ride For LifeBut not yet was Otto safe, and all danger past and gone by. Suddenly, as they stood there, the harsh clangor of a bell broke the silence of the starry night above their heads, and as they raised their faces and looked up, they saw lights flashing from window to window. Presently came the sound of a hoarse voice shouting something that, from the distance, they could not understand.One-eyed Hans smote his hand upon his thigh. Look said he, "here is what comes of having a soft heart in one's bosom. I overcame and bound a... Long Stories - Post by : cclittle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 1758

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 11. How Otto Was Saved Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 11. How Otto Was Saved

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 11. How Otto Was Saved
Chapter XI. How Otto was SavedLittle Otto was lying upon the hard couch in his cell, tossing in restless and feverish sleep; suddenly a heavy hand was laid upon him and a voice whispered in his ear, "Baron, Baron Otto, waken, rouse yourself; I am come to help you. I am One-eyed Hans."Otto was awake in an instant and raised himself upon his elbow in the darkness. "One-eyed Hans," he breathed, "One-eyed Hans; who is One-eyed Hans?""True," said the other, "thou dost not know me. I am thy father's trusted servant, and am the only one excepting his own blood and... Long Stories - Post by : Ndoki - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 1552

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 10. How Hans Brought Terror To The Kitchen Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 10. How Hans Brought Terror To The Kitchen

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 10. How Hans Brought Terror To The Kitchen
Chapter X. How Hans Brought Terror to the KitchenHans found himself in a pretty pickle in the chimney, for the soot got into his one eye and set it to watering, and into his nose and set him to sneezing, and into his mouth and his ears and his hair. But still he struggled on, up and up; "for every chimney has a top," said Hans to himself "and I am sure to climb out somewhere or other." Suddenly he came to a place where another chimney joined the one he was climbing, and here he stopped to consider the matter... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 3045

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 9. How One-Eyed Hans Came To Trutz-Drachen Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 9. How One-Eyed Hans Came To Trutz-Drachen

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 9. How One-Eyed Hans Came To Trutz-Drachen
Chapter IX. How One-eyed Hans came to Trutz-DrachenFritz, the swineherd, sat eating his late supper of porridge out of a great, coarse, wooden bowl; wife Katherine sat at the other end of the table, and the half-naked little children played upon the earthen floor. A shaggy dog lay curled up in front of the fire, and a grunting pig scratched against a leg of the rude table close beside where the woman sat."Yes, yes," said Katherine, speaking of the matter of which they had already been talking. "It is all very true that the Drachenhausens are a bad lot, and I... Long Stories - Post by : ben.g - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 2124

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 8. In The House Of The Dragon Scorner Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 8. In The House Of The Dragon Scorner

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 8. In The House Of The Dragon Scorner
Chapter VIII. In the House of the Dragon ScornerTall, narrow, gloomy room; no furniture but a rude bench a bare stone floor, cold stone walls and a gloomy ceiling of arched stone over head; a long, narrow slit of a window high above in the wall, through the iron bars of which Otto could see a small patch of blue sky and now and then a darting swallow, for an instant seen, the next instant gone. Such was the little baron's prison in Trutz-Drachen. Fastened to a bolt and hanging against the walls, hung a pair of heavy chains with gaping... Long Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 2900

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 7. The Red Cock Crows On Drachenhausen Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 7. The Red Cock Crows On Drachenhausen

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 7. The Red Cock Crows On Drachenhausen
Chapter VII. The Red Cock Crows on DrachenhausenThere was a new emperor in Germany who had come from a far away Swiss castle; Count Rudolph of Hapsburg, a good, honest man with a good, honest, homely face, but bringing with him a stern sense of justice and of right, and a determination to put down the lawlessness of the savage German barons among whom he had come as Emperor.One day two strangers came galloping up the winding path to the gates of the Dragon's house. A horn sounded thin and clear, a parley was held across the chasm in the road... Long Stories - Post by : Ndoki - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 1992

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 6. How Otto Lived In The Dragon's House Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 6. How Otto Lived In The Dragon's House

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 6. How Otto Lived In The Dragon's House
Chapter VI. How Otto Lived in the Dragon's HouseThe gates of the Monastery stood wide open, the world lay beyond, and all was ready for departure. Baron Conrad and his men-at-arms sat foot in stirrup, the milk-white horse that had been brought for Otto stood waiting for him beside his father's great charger."Farewell, Otto," said the good old Abbot, as he stooped and kissed the boy's cheek."Farewell," answered Otto, in his simple, quiet way, and it brought a pang to the old man's heart that the child should seem to grieve so little at the leave-taking."Farewell, Otto," said the brethren that... Long Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 786

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 5. How Otto Dwelt At St. Michaelsburg Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 5. How Otto Dwelt At St. Michaelsburg

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 5. How Otto Dwelt At St. Michaelsburg
Chapter V. How Otto Dwelt at St. MichaelsburgSo the poor, little, motherless waif lived among the old monks at the White Cross on the hill, thriving and growing apace until he had reached eleven or twelve years of age; a slender, fair-haired little fellow, with a strange, quiet serious manner."Poor little child!" Old Brother Benedict would sometimes say to the others, "poor little child! The troubles in which he was born must have broken his wits like a glass cup. What think ye he said to me to-day? 'Dear Brother Benedict,' said he, 'dost thou shave the hair off of the... Long Stories - Post by : vbhnl - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 3005

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 4. The White Cross On The Hill Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 4. The White Cross On The Hill

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 4. The White Cross On The Hill
Chapter IV. The White Cross on the HillHere the glassy waters of the River Rhine, holding upon its bosom a mimic picture of the blue sky and white clouds floating above, runs smoothly around a jutting point of land, St. Michaelsburg, rising from the reedy banks of the stream, sweeps up with a smooth swell until it cuts sharp and clear against the sky. Stubby vineyards covered its earthy breast, and field and garden and orchard crowned its brow lay the Monastery of St. Michaelsburg--"The White Cross on the Hill." There within the white walls the warm yellow sunlight... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 1522

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 3. How The Baron Came Home Shorn Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 3. How The Baron Came Home Shorn

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 3. How The Baron Came Home Shorn
Chapter III. How the Baron came Home ShornBut Baron Conrad was not dead. For days he lay upon his hard bed, now muttering incoherent words beneath his red beard, now raving fiercely with the fever of his wound. But one day he woke again to the things about him.He turned his head first to the one side and then to the other; there sat Schwartz Carl and the one-eyed Hans. Two or three other retainers stood by a great window that looked out into the courtyard beneath, jesting and laughing together in low tones, and one lay upon the heavy oaken... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 3202

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 2. How The Baron Went Forth To Shear Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 2. How The Baron Went Forth To Shear

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 2. How The Baron Went Forth To Shear
Chapter II. How the Baron went Forth to ShearBaron Conrad and Baroness Matilda sat together at their morning meal below their raised seats stretched the long, heavy wooden table, loaded with coarse food--black bread, boiled cabbage, bacon, eggs, a great chine from a wild boar, sausages, such as we eat nowadays, and flagons and jars of beer and wine, Along the board sat ranged in the order of the household the followers and retainers. Four or five slatternly women and girls served the others as they fed noisily at the table, moving here and there behind the men with wooden or... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 2194

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 1. The Dragon's House Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 1. The Dragon's House

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Chapter 1. The Dragon's House
Chapter I. The Dragon's HouseUp from the gray rocks, rising sheer and bold and bare, stood the walls and towers of Castle Drachenhausen. A great gate-way, with a heavy iron-pointed portcullis hanging suspended in the dim arch above, yawned blackly upon the bascule or falling drawbridge that spanned a chasm between the blank stone walls and the roadway that winding down the steep rocky slope to the little valley just beneath. There in the lap of the hills around stood the wretched straw-thatched huts of the peasants belonging to the castle--miserable serfs who, half timid, half fierce, tilled their poor patches... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 995

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Foreword Otto Of The Silver Hand - Foreword

Otto Of The Silver Hand - Foreword
Between the far away past history of the world, and that which lies near to us; in the time when the wisdom of the ancient times was dead and had passed away, and our own days of light had not yet come, there lay a great black gulf in human history, a gulf of ignorance, of superstition, of cruelty, and of wickedness.That time we call the dark or middle ages.Few records remain to us of that dreadful period in our world's history, and we only know of it through broken and disjointed fragments that have been handed down to us through... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 2336

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Epilogue The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Epilogue

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Epilogue
THUS END the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood; for, in spite of his promise, it was many a year ere he saw Sherwood again.After a year or two at court Little John came back to Nottinghamshire he lived in an orderly way, though within sight of Sherwood, and where he achieved great fame as the champion of all England with the quarterstaff. Will Scarlet after a time came back to his own home, whence he had been driven by his unlucky killing of his father's steward. The rest of the band did their duty as royal rangers right well. But... Long Stories - Post by : codebluenj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 3428

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 21. King Richard Comes to Sherwood Forest The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 21. King Richard Comes to Sherwood Forest

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 21. King Richard Comes to Sherwood Forest
NOT MORE than two months had passed and gone since these stirring adventures befell Robin Hood and Little John, when all Nottinghamshire was a mighty stir and tumult, for King Richard of the Lion's Heart was making a royal progress through merry England, and everyone expected him to come to Nottingham Town in his journeying. Messengers went riding back and forth between the Sheriff and the King, until at last the time was fixed upon when His Majesty was to stop in Nottingham, as the guest of his worship.And now came more bustle than ever; a great running hither and thither,... Long Stories - Post by : codebluenj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 2058

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 20. Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 20. Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 20. Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne
A LONG TIME passed after the great shooting match, and during that time Robin followed one part of the advice of Sir Robert Lee, to wit, that of being less bold in his comings and his goings; for though mayhap he may not have been more honest (as most folks regard honesty), he took good care not to travel so far from Sherwood that he could not reach it both easily and quickly.Great changes had fallen in this time; for King Henry had died and King Richard had come to the crown that fitted him so well through many hard trials,... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 2894

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 19. The Chase of Robin Hood The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 19. The Chase of Robin Hood

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 19. The Chase of Robin Hood
SO ROBIN HOOD and the others left the archery range at Finsbury Fields, and, tarrying not, set forth straightway upon their homeward journey. It was well for them that they did so, for they had not gone more than three or four miles upon their way when six of the yeomen of the King's guard came bustling among the crowd that still lingered, seeking for Robin and his men, to seize upon them and make them prisoners. Truly, it was an ill-done thing in the King to break his promise, but it all came about through the Bishop of Hereford's doing,... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 1567

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 18. Robin Hood Shoots Before Queen Eleanor The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 18. Robin Hood Shoots Before Queen Eleanor

The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Chapter 18. Robin Hood Shoots Before Queen Eleanor
THE HIGHROAD stretched white and dusty in the hot summer afternoon sun, and the trees stood motionless along the roadside. All across the meadow lands the hot air danced and quivered, and in the limpid waters of the lowland brook, spanned by a little stone bridge, the fish hung motionless above the yellow gravel, and the dragonfly sat quite still, perched upon the sharp tip of a spike of the rushes, with its wings glistening in the sun.Along the road a youth came riding upon a fair milk-white barb, and the folk that he passed stopped and turned and looked after... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : Howard Pyle - Read : 1933