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The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 33 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 33

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 33
CHAPTER XXXIIIOnce more I went to my bed, but this time with my clothes off, for if there was to be a conference with the Earl and the Countess at the Manor House, not to speak of the chance of seeing Lady Mary herself, I wished to put on the new and gorgeous suit I had bought in London for that occasion, and which had not yet been on my back. I was so excited and so delighted with the thought of seeing Lady Mary that I knew I could not sleep a wink, especially as daylight was upon me, but... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 1156

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 32 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 32

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 32
CHAPTER XXXIII found Rye a snug little town, and so entirely peaceable-looking that when I went out in the morning I was afraid there would be nobody there who would join me in the hazardous task of taking possession of the place of so well-known a man as the Earl of Westport. But I did not know Rye then as well as I do now: it proved to be a great resort for smugglers when they were off duty and wished to enjoy the innocent relaxation of a town after the comparative loneliness of the sea-coast, although, if all the tales... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 1967

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 28 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 28

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 28
CHAPTER XXVIIIIt was a beautiful day, as lovely as any an indulgent Providence had ever bestowed upon an unthankful generation. Although I wished I had had an hour or two to spend with Mary wandering up and down that green alley through which we had rushed with such indecent haste, all because two aged and angry members of the nobility might have come upon us, yet I walked through the streets of London as if I trod on the air, and not on the rough cobble-stones of the causeway. It seemed as if I had suddenly become a boy again, and... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 1301

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 27 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 27

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 27
CHAPTER XXVIII slept well that night, and it was broad daylight when I awoke. A most beautiful morning it seemed to me, and just the time for a lonely stroll in the beautiful gardens, so long as there was some one with you that you thought a great deal of. I made a good breakfast, and then took out the papers and placed them on the table before me. They were all safe so far. I could not comprehend how the Earl would know anything of my being in London, unless, indeed, he caught sight of me walking in his own... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2760

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 26 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 26

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 26
CHAPTER XXVIOn Saturday night I called the lads to my room and gave them their final instructions. "Now, you rogues," said I to them, "let there be no drinking this night, and no trapesing of the streets, getting your heads broke just at the critical moment; for, as my father used to say, although a broken head is merrily come by, a clear head's worth two of it when business is to be transacted. So go to your beds at once, the two of you, if there's any drinking to be done, troth it's myself that'll attend to it." With that... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2818

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 25 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 25

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 25
CHAPTER XXV"You appear more at your ease when you are calm," said I to the Doctor as I squashed him into a chair. "Your ideas of murder are juvenile. Gardeners are murdered only by other gardeners, over some question of a magnolia-tree. Gentlemen of position never murder gardeners." "You are right, sir," he responded frankly. "I see my mistake. But really, I was convinced that something dreadful was about to happen. I am not familiar with the ways of your nationality, sir, and when you gave the resolute directions to your men it was according to my education to believe that... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2314

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 24 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 24

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 24
CHAPTER XXIV"Climb down, ye thief," said the grim, slow voice again. I looked once more into the mouth of the blunderbuss. I decided to climb. If I had had my two feet square on the ground, I would have taken a turn with this man, artillery or no artillery, to see if I could get the upper hand of him. But neither I nor any of my ancestors could ever fight well in trees. Foliage incommodes us. We like a clear sweep for the arm, and everything on a level space, and neither man in a tree. However, a sensible man... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2528

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 23 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 23

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 23
CHAPTER XXIIIAt supper that evening Doctor Chord amplified some of his views "A few staunch retainers could quickly aid you to scale the walls of the castle," said he. "But I have forgotten," he added blankly. "'Tis not a castle. 'Tis a house." "If you would take some of these ancient ideas and bury them in the garden," said I, "they might grow in time to be some kind of turnip or other valuable food. But at the present moment they do not seem to me to serve much purpose. Supposing that the house is not a castle? What of that?"... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2540

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 22 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 22

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 22
CHAPTER XXIIChord ambled back, very proud indeed, and still wearing his fatuous smile. He was bursting with a sense of social value, and to everybody he seemed to be saying, "Did you see me?" He was overjoyed to find me waiting for him. He needed a good listener at once. Otherwise he would surely fly to pieces. "I have been talking to the Countess of Westport and her daughter, Lady Mary Strepp," he said pompously. "The Countess tells that the Earl has been extremely indisposed during their late journey in the West." He spoke of the Earl's illness with an air... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2318

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 18 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 18

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 18
CHAPTER XVIIIThe innkeeper led me down to a large room the door of which he had flung open with a flourish. "The furrin' gentleman, may it please you, sirs," he announced, and then retired. The room was so full of smoke that at first I could see little, but soon enough I made out a long table bordered with smoking and drinking gentlemen. A hoarse voice, away at the head of the board, was growling some words which convulsed most of the gentlemen with laughter. Many candles burned dimly in the haze. I stood for a moment, doubtful as to procedure,... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 3012

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 17 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 17

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 17
CHAPTER XVIIWe rode on at daybreak. At the first large village I bid a little man cut Paddy's hair, and although Paddy was all for killing the little man, and the little man twice ran away, the work was eventually done, for I stood over Paddy and threatened him. Afterward the little boys were not so anxious to hoot us through the streets, calling us Africans. For it must be recalled that at this time there was great curiosity in the provinces over the Africans, because it was known that in London people of fashion often had African servants; and although... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 1626

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 16 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 16

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIPaddy was for opening his mouth wide immediately, but I checked him. "I would see this great man," said I to the landlord, "but I am so timid by nature I fear to meet his eagle eye. Is there no way by which we could observe him in secret at our leisure?" "There be one way," remarked the landlord after deliberation. I had passed him a silver coin. He led us to a little parlour back of the taproom. Here a door opened into the tap itself, and in this door was cut a large square window so that the... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2886

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 15 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 15

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVAs we ambled our way agreeably out of Bath, Paddy and I employed ourselves in worthy speech. He was not yet a notable horseman, but his Irish adaptability was so great that he was already able to think he would not fall off so long as the horse was old and tired. "Paddy," said I, "how would you like to be an Englishman? Look at their cities. Sure, Skibbereen is a mud-pond to them. It might be fine to be an Englishman." "I would not, your honour," said Paddy. "I would not be an Englishman while these grand--But never mind;... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2842

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 14 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 14

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVIt had been said that the unexpected often happens, although I do not know what learned man of the time succeeded in thus succinctly expressing a great law and any how it matters little, for I have since discovered that these learned men make one headful of brains go a long way by dint of poaching on each other's knowledge. But the unexpected happened in this case, all true enough whatever. I was giving my man a bit of a warning. "Paddy," said I, "you are big, and you are red, and you are Irish; but by the same token... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 1938

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 13 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 13

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 13
CHAPTER XIII"So that is the way of it, is it?" said the Earl, grinning. "And why did you not take it to some clerk?" "My lord," said I with dignity, "the papers were with me in trust for you. A man may be a gentleman and yet not know how to read and write." "'Tis quite true," answered he. "And when I spoke of the tutor in London I did not mean to say that I would use what knowledge he imparted to read your papers. I was merely blushing for the defects in my education, although Father Donovan often said... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2293

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 12 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 12

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 12
CHAPTER XIIMy plans were formed quickly. "We now have a treasure chest of no small dimensions," said I, very complacent, naturally. "We can conquer London with this. Everything is before us. I have already established myself as the grandest swordsman in the whole continent of England. Lately we have gained much treasure. And also I have the papers. Paddy, do you take care of this poor horse. Then follow me into Bath. Jem Bottles, do you mount and ride around the town, for I fear your balladists. Meet me on the London road. Ride slowly on the highway to London, and... Long Stories - Post by : JPMaroney - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2398

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 8 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 8

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIIIAs the door closed upon Forister, Colonel Royale beat his hand passionately against the wall. "O'Ruddy," he cried, "if you could severely maim that cold-blooded bully, I would be willing to adopt you as my legitimate grandfather. I would indeed." "Never fear me," said I. "I shall pink him well." "Aye," said my friend, looking at me mournfully, "I ever feared your Irish light-heartedness. 'Twill not do to be confident. He is an evil man, but a great swordsman. Now I never liked Ponsonby, and Stewart was the most lovable of men; but in the great duel Ponsonby killed--" "No,"... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 541

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 7 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 7

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 7
CHAPTER VIIWhen I reached my own chamber I sank heavily into a chair. My brain was in a tumult. I had fallen in love and arranged to be killed in one short day's work. I stared at my image in a mirror. Could I be The O'Ruddy? Perhaps my name was Paddy or Jem Bottles? Could I pick myself out in a crowd? Could I establish my identification? I little knew. At first I thought of my calm friend who apparently drank blood for his breakfast. Colonel Royale to me was somewhat of a stranger, but his charming willingness to grind... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 2847

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 6 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 6

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VIAt first I thought that my speech had given the aged Earl a stroke. He writhed on his bed, and something appeared at his lips which was like froth. His lovely daughter sprang to him with a cry of fear and woe. But he was not dying; he was only mad with rage. "How dare you? How dare you?" he gasped. "You whelp of Satan!" "'Tis me that would not be fearing to dare anything," I rejoined calmly. "I would not so. I came here with a mind for fair words, but you have met me with insult and something... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 1995

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 5 The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 5

The O'ruddy: A Romance - Chapter 5
CHAPTER V"Your 'papers'?" said Forister. "Damn you and your papers. What would I know of your papers?" "I mean," said I fiercely, "the papers that you stole out of my chamber in the inn at Bristol." The man actually sank back in his chair and laughed me up to the roof. "'Papers'!" he shouted. "Here's the king of the Irelands thinking that I have made off with his papers!" "You choose a good time for laughing," said I, with more sobriety. "In a short time you will be laughing with the back of your head." He sat up and looked at... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : May 2012 - Author : Stephen Crane - Read : 790