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The Charles Men
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0836935519, Hardcover)This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... slippers, nightcap, gorgeous pelisse, silken dressing-gown---Seek them, seek them! All gone! Now the wig and hat go. With this disguise and a snuff-brown frock coat, Your Majesty is so unrecognizable and transmogrified, that if all the Rosen family had not a knack with women, no tavern girl--saving your honor--would ever proffer the gentlemen a glass of water. But for my part I'm thankful that there's no need to offer my flesh for the king's ride across Europe." Grothusen himself, however, took his place at once in the travelling-carriage, so as to arrive first and be able to meet his lord at the Swedish sea, along whose coast the enemy were now building their fortresses and cities. Day and night the king exercised in wild rides his two chosen companions and the two dragoons who were to follow after him at a day's interval. When at last the hour struck in which he was to assume his disguise and spring into the saddle, he gave his gelding the spurs with such violence that During and Rosen were almost at once a couple of horse's lengths behind. He looked as on the morning before a battle. He, who in fresh and sound health had endured months in a sick-bed so as to avoid a humiliating audience with the sultan, and who for years had trifled away the days in a small Turkish town in the hope of being able to gather a great army to follow him, now rode off impatiently with his two comrades and without a single servant. The hoofs rang on the stones like those of a runaway steed, and the dazed vine-dresser sprang to the door of his hut. "Who's riding there in such an alarm?" he asked. "If it's a poor hunted deserter, he may step in under my roof, and my wife and I will hide him and let him bed on the straw." "Look out for the...
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