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A Bride of the Plains   By: (1865-1947)

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A BRIDE OF THE PLAINS

by

BARONESS ORCZY

By BARONESS ORCZY

A BRIDE OF THE PLAINS THE LAUGHING CAVALIER "UNTO CAESAR" EL DORADO MEADOWSWEET THE NOBLE ROGUE THE HEART OF A WOMAN PETTICOAT RULE

GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY NEW YORK

A BRIDE OF THE PLAINS

by

BARONESS ORCZY

Author of "The Laughing Cavalier," "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "El Dorado," "Meadowsweet," Etc., Etc.

New York George H. Doran Company

Copyright, 1915, by George H. Doran Company

TO THE MEMORY OF LOUIS KOSSUTH

What would you have said now O patriot and selfless hero had you lived to see the country which you loved so well, for whose liberty and national dignity you fought with such unswerving devotion what would you say, could you see her now tied to Austria's chariot wheel, the catspaw and the tool of that Teutonic race which you abhorred? Thank God you were spared the sight which surely would have broken your heart! You never lived to see your country free. Alas! no man for many generations to come will see that now. The Magyar peasant lad upon the vast, mysterious plains of his native soil will alone continue to dream of national liberty, of religious and political freedom, and vaguely hope that some day another Louis Kossuth will arise again and restore to him and to his race that sense of dignity, of justice and of right which the Teuton has striven for centuries to crush.

EMMUSKA ORCZY.

Snowfield, Bearsted, Kent.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. "GOD BLESS THEM ALL! THEY ARE GOOD LADS." 9 II. "MONEY WON'T BUY EVERYTHING." 16 III. "YOU WILL WAIT FOR ME." 32 IV. "NOW THAT HE IS DEAD." 43 V. "LOVE WILL FOLLOW." 56 VI. "I DON'T WISH TO MARRY; NOT YET." 64 VII. "THEY ARE JEWS AND WE ARE HUNGARIANS." 73 VIII. "I PUT THE BUNDA AWAY SOMEWHERE." 84 IX. "THEN, AS NOW, MAY GOD PROTECT YOU." 93 X. "THE BEST WAY OF ALL." 101 XI. "AFTER THAT, HAPPINESS WILL BEGIN." 106 XII. "IT IS TOO LATE." 115 XIII. "HE MUST MAKE YOU HAPPY." 125 XIV. "IT IS TRUE." 133 XV. "THAT IS FAIR, I THINK." 137 XVI. "THE WATERS OF THE MAROS FLOW SLUGGISHLY." 143 XVII. "I AM HERE TO SEE THAT YOU BE KIND TO HER." 149 XVIII. "I MUST PUNISH HER." 162 XIX. "NOW GO AND FETCH THE KEY." 174 XX. "YOU HAPPEN TO BE OF MY RACE AND OF MY BLOOD." 186 XXI. "JEALOUS, LIKE A MADMAN." 199 XXII. "I GO WHERE I SHALL BE MORE WELCOME." 211 XXIII. "ON THE EVE OF ONE'S WEDDING DAY TOO." 226 XXIV. "IF YOU LOVED ME." 232 XXV. "IN ANY CASE ELSA IS NOT FOR YOU." 237 XXVI. "WHAT HAD ANDOR DONE?" 251 XXVII. "THE SHADOW THAT FELL FROM THE TALL SUNFLOWERS." 257 XXVIII. "WE SHALL HEAR OF ANOTHER TRAGEDY BY AND BY." 265 XXIX. "SOME DAY." 272 XXX. "KYRIE ELEISON." 282 XXXI. "WHAT ABOUT ME?" 291 XXXII. "THE LAND BEYOND THE SUNSET." 304

A BRIDE OF THE PLAINS

CHAPTER I

"God bless them all! they are good lads."

It was now close on eight o'clock and more than two hours ago since first the dawn broke over that low lying horizon line which seems so far away, and tinged the vast immensity of the plain first with grey and then with mauve and pale toned emerald, with rose and carmine and crimson and blood red, until the sun triumphant and glorious at last woke the sunflowers from their sleep, gilded every tiny blade of grass and every sprig of rosemary, and caused every head of stately maize to quiver with delight at the warmth of his kiss... Continue reading book >>




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