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The Brown Mask

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Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 94,882 / 268 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,307
Added to site: 2006.01.23
mnybks.net#: 11356
Origin: gutenberg.org

Romance, stirring adventure, and a love idyll, set in the momentous day sof Monmouth's Rebellion, have been embodied in this new story by Mr. Percy Brebner. The mysterious highwayman, known only by his brown mask, is an elusive, but fascinating figure, whose identity is concealed until the last chapter. His chivalry, deeds of daring, faithfulness to his love, combine to make him a noteworthy character in recent fiction. Mr. Brebner's ability to tell a good story is at present fully recognised, and this latest example of his art will be welcomed as one of his most enchanting and enthralling narratives.

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aster at the mention of his name, and now the most absurd theories regarding his real personality were seriously discussed in coffee-houses, in boudoirs, and even at Court. It was whispered that the King himself would intervene to save him from the gallows.

For a long time no trial had caused such a sensation, and Judge Marriott, whose ambition it was to be likened to his learned and famous brother, Judge Jeffreys, rose to the occasion and succeeded in giving an excellent imitation of the bullying methods of his idol. This was an opportunity to win fame, he argued, and he gave full play to the little wit he possessed and ample licence to his undeniable powers of vituperation and blasphemy.

Newgate was thronged, and the prisoner bore himself gallantly as a man might in his hour of triumph. It was a great thing to be an object of interest to statesmen, scholars, and wits, and to win smiles and tears from beauty. His eyes travelled slowly over the sea of faces, and rested for a little while upon a

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2013.09.26
Kathleen Noonan
*****

How exciting with so many twists and turns. I found this a book I could not put down. I would highly recommend it.

2012.04.19
Maria Wendt
*****

I read very few sensational adventure books (because they are generally stuffed with exclamation points and false drama), but this was definitely one of the best. The plot was believable, exciting, and satisfying. The only thing I did not like [spoiler!] was the sudden death of the villain. Other than that, if you liked The Scarlet Pimpernel or any other intrigue-themed novel, I would read this one. It deserves five stars.


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