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The Red Mask

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Author: Rafael Sabatini
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,487 / 13 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,150
Added to site: 2007.03.22
mnybks.net#: 16338
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ld my arm to the Cardinal, but, disregarding it, he stepped heavily to the ground unaided, followed by André, on whom I kept a sharp eye, lest the knave should attempt to run.

I followed them at a distance of some eight yards, as I had been ordered, marvelling as I went what could be the Cardinal's plan of action.

We elbowed our way through a noisy dirty rabble, whom a dozen of the King's Guards could scarcely keep from obstructing the side entrance--used only by privileged individuals--in their curiosity to see the fanciful costumes of the maskers.

It was close upon midnight when we entered the ball-room. His Majesty, I learnt, had already withdrawn, feeling slightly indisposed; therefore I concluded that if there was any serious conspiracy afoot, the blow--which otherwise might have been restrained by the King's presence--could not be long in falling.

Scarcely had we advanced a dozen paces, when my attention was drawn to a tall, thin man, of good bearing, dressed after the

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 5 reviews: ****
2015.05.04
Vernita
***..

Simple short story, a good way to get used to his style of writing. I had to read it twice to fully absorb this old style of writing.

at 13 pages, certainly worth your time.

2014.06.25
gibel
****.

A short story of a man that enforces justice on the man who sought to have killed. Sabatini writes overelaborately in all his books, so this short story would be a great introduction to his style to see if you would be interested in reading his larger works.

2011.11.05
Maria
*****

This was a very good short story, very much in the style of Dumas. It's about a Cardinal, though, not a bishop. :0)

2009.06.21
blueberryfriend
***..

Good short about a Bishop whose life has been threatened, and his loyal servant who tries to help save his life.


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