The O'Ruddy

A Romance

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Author: Stephen Crane
Co-author: Robert Barr
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 97,942 / 269 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 825
Added to site: 2009.08.03
mnybks.net#: 24872
Origin: gutenberg.org
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rogues--thus." I boxed his ear with my open hand, so that he fell against the wall. "I will now picture also the use of boots by kicking you into the inn yard which is adjacent." So saying I hurled him to the great front door which stood open, and then, taking a sort of hop and skip, I kicked for glory and the Saints.

I do not know that I ever kicked a man with more success. He shot out as if he had been heaved by a catapult. There was a dreadful uproar behind me, and I expected every moment to be stormed by the waiter-and-pot-boy regiment. However I could hear some of the gentlemen bystanding cry:

"Well done! Well kicked! A record! A miracle!"

But my first hours on English soil contained still other festivities. Bright light streamed out from the great door, and I could plainly note what I shall call the arc or arcs described by Forister. He struck the railing once, but spun off it, and to my great astonishment went headlong and slap-crash into some sort of an upper servant who had been

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