The character of the old Nabob in this romantic novel and the wild life of the powerful Magyar nobles at the beginning of the century are revelations to the American reader, while the dramatic interest of the tale never flags. Translated from the Hungarian by R. Nisbet Bain.
up his serving-men, and made them harness horses and light torches, and set off through the pathless darkness with twelve heydukes, taking with him everything necessary for eating and drinking, in order to have a banquet in honour of the jest as soon as it was accomplished, not forgetting to carry along with him the three personages who chiefly ministered to his amusement, and whom he sent on before him in a separate waggon, to wit, his favourite greyhound, his gipsy jester, and his parasitical poet, all three of whom made a nice little group together.
Now, worthy Mr. Peter Bús was famous far and wide for his peculiar sensitiveness to insult; the merest trifle was sufficient to lash him into a fury. A heyduke, therefore, was sent on in advance, who rattled at his windows like a savage, and bellowed at the top of his voice--
"Get up there, you innkeeper fellow! Get up, get up! You are required to wait upon your betters, and look sharp about it!"
At these words Peter Bús bound
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