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Gwen Wynn   By: (1818-1883)

Gwen Wynn by Mayne Reid

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GWEN WYNN:

A Romance of the Wye.

BY CAPTAIN MAYNE REID

LONDON GEORGE ROUTLEDGE & SONS, LIMITED NEW YORK: E. P. DUTTON & CO. 1905

[Illustration: "I THOUGHT AS MUCH! NO ACCIDENT! NO SUICIDE! MURDERED!"]

CONTENTS.

PROLOGUE

I. THE HEROINE

II. THE HERO

III. A CHARON CORRUPTED

IV. ON THE RIVER

V. DANGERS AHEAD

VI. A DUCKING DESERVED

VII. AN INVETERATE NOVEL READER

VIII. A SUSPICIOUS STRANGER

IX. JEALOUS ALREADY

X. THE CUCKOO'S GLEN

XI. A WEED BY THE WYESIDE

XII. A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

XIII. AMONG THE ARROWS

XIV. BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH

XV. A SPIRITUAL ADVISER

XVI. CORACLE DICK

XVII. THE "CORPSE CANDLE"

XVIII. A CAT IN THE CUPBOARD

XIX. A BLACK SHADOW BEHIND

XX. UNDER THE ELM

XXI. A TARDY MESSENGER

XXII. A FATAL STEP

XXIII. A SUSPICIOUS WAIF

XXIV. "THE FLOWER OF LOVE LIES BLEEDING"

XXV. A FRENCH FEMME DE CHAMBRE

XXVI. THE POACHER AT HOME

XXVII. A MYSTERIOUS CONTRACT

XXVIII. THE GAME OF PIQUE

XXIX. JEALOUS AS A TIGER

XXX. STUNNED AND SILENT

XXXI. A STARTLING CRY

XXXII. MAKING READY FOR THE ROAD

XXXIII. A SLUMBERING HOUSEHOLD

XXXIV. "WHERE'S GWEN?"

XXXV. AGAIN THE ENGAGEMENT RING

XXXVI. A MYSTERIOUS EMBARKATION

XXXVII. AN ANXIOUS WIFE

XXXVIII. IMPATIENT FOR THE POST

XXXIX. JOURNEY INTERRUPTED

XL. HUE AND CRY

XLI. BOULOGNE SUR MER

XLII. WHAT DOES HE WANT?

XLIII. A GAGE D'AMOUR

XLIV. SUICIDE, OR MURDER

XLV. A PLENTIFUL CORRESPONDENCE

XLVI. FOUND DROWNED

XLVII. A MAN WHO THINKS IT MURDER

XLVIII. ONCE MORE UPON THE RIVER

XLIX. THE CRUSHED JUNIPER

L. REASONING BY ANALYSIS

LI. A SUSPICIOUS CRAFT

LII. MATERNAL SOLICITUDE

LIII. A SACRILEGIOUS HAND

LIV. A LATE TEA

LV. THE NEW MISTRESS OF THE MANSION

LVI. THE GAMBLERS AT LLANGORREN

LVII. AN UNWILLING NOVICE

LVIII. A CHEERFUL KITCHEN

LIX. QUEER BRIC A BRAC

LX. A BRACE OF BODY SNATCHERS

LXI. IN WANT OF HELP

LXII. STILL ALIVE

LXIII. A STRANGE FATHER CONFESSOR

LXIV. A QUEER CATECHIST

LXV. ALMOST A "VERT"

LXVI. THE LAST OF LEWIN MURDOCK

LXVII. A CHAPTER DIPLOMATIC

LXVIII. A QUICK CONVERSION

LXIX. A SUDDEN RELAPSE

LXX. A JUSTIFIABLE ABDUCTION

LXXI. STARTING ON A CONTINENTAL TOUR

LXXII. CORACLE DICK ON HIS DEATH BED

LXXIII. THE CALM AFTER THE STORM

GWEN WYNN:

A Romance of the Wye.

PROLOGUE.

Hail to thee, Wye famed river of Siluria! Well deserving fame, worthy of warmest salutation! From thy fountain head on Plinlimmon's far slope, where thou leapest forth, gay as a girl on her skip rope, through the rugged rocks of Brecon and Radnor, that like rude men would detain thee, snatching but a kiss for their pains on, as woman grown, with statelier step, amid the wooded hills of Herefordshire, which treat thee with more courtly consideration still on, and once more rudely assailed by the bold ramparts of Monmouth through all thou makest way in despite all, preserving thy purity! If defiled before espousing the ocean, the fault is not thine, but Sabrina's sister born of thy birth, she too cradled on Plinlimmon's breast, but since childhood's days separated from thee, and straying through other shrines perchance leading a less reputable life. No blame to thee, beautiful Vaga from source to Severn pure as the spring that begets thee fair to the eye, and full of interest to reflect on. Scarce a reach of thy channel, or curve of thy course, but is redolent of romance, and rich in the lore of history. On thy shores, through the long centuries, has been enacted many a scene of gayest pleasure and sternest strife; many an exciting episode, in which love and hate, avarice and ambition in short, every human passion has had play. Overjoyed were the Roman Legionaries to behold their silver eagles reflected from thy pellucid wave; though they did not succeed in planting them on thy western shore till after many a tough struggle with the gallant, but ill starred, Caractacus. Long, too, had the Saxons to battle before they could make good their footing on the Silurian side as witness the Dyke of Offa... Continue reading book >>




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