The theme is the life and death of King Richard III. We are taken back to the end of the sixteenth century and accompany the English army into Scotland to the last great fights between the houses of York and Lancaster.
into the park, and wandered through the walks, among the grand old trees, for some time, without meeting anyone.
"I fear that we are not destined to fall in with the enemy," said Harleston, after we had walked in silence for some time.
"Fear not," I replied; "we shall soon commence the encounter; for there, unless mine eyes do deceive me, is the first sign of danger."
"Thou meanest that fair outpost yonder, where those two oaks do meet above the path?"
"The same," I replied; "but it now looketh as though there are others there before us."
While this conversation was going on we had gradually approached a bench, placed behind a clump of bushes, through which we saw some fair, fresh, faces, watching our approach. Upon the bench, and talking with the girls, were two men, in which, as we drew closer, I recognized the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Buckingham. Richard was dressed--as was his wont--in the extreme of fashion and in the richest of materials. Buckingham, though
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