A tale which is full of old-world romance and adventure. It has a strong flavor of the under life in England when George the Third was young, when sign-posts served also as gibbets, when travel was by coach and highwaymen were many, when men drank deep and played high. There are plenty of stirring scenes along the way, plenty of treachery and fighting at cross-purposes which lead to intricate and dramatic situations. The heroine's charms recall Mlle. de Cocheforet in Under the Red Robe, and she proves herself a maid of spirit through all the mishaps which befall her.
ked back to the woman. As he reached her the carriage with its lights whirled away, and left them in darkness.
Soane wondered if he were not a fool for his pains, and advanced a step nearer to conviction when the woman with an impatient 'Come!' started along the road; moving at a smart pace in the direction which the chariot had taken, and betraying so little shyness or timidity as to seem unconscious of his company. The neighbourhood of Oxford is low and flat, and except where a few lights marked the outskirts of the city a wall of darkness shut them in, permitting nothing to be seen that lay more than a few paces away. A grey drift of clouds, luminous in comparison with the gloom about them, moved slowly overhead, and out of the night the raving of a farm-dog or the creaking of a dry bough came to the ear with melancholy effect.
The fine gentleman of that day had no taste for the wild, the rugged, or the lonely. He lived too near the times when those words spelled danger. He found at Almack's
This is a good book for people who like old books, set in yet older settings. It's slightly reminiscent of Georgette Heyer, but rather cruder...and probably more accurate!
It's the story of a wealthy man and the porter's daughter. The plot revolves around whether the latter is really the man's cousin or just the porter's daughter. Thinking she will inherit a vast amount of wealth (currently held by the gentleman hero of the story) the girl is courted and kidnapped throughout the book. Her lawyer and etc. off in hot pursuit.
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