Excerpt: ...what he must forget, if he was to do the work Dupont came to arrange-he must forget the girl who had saved his life and the influence of those strange moments in which she had spoken down to him, in the abyss where he had been lying. He sat in the doorway, a fire gleaming behind him; he drank in the good air as though his lungs were thirsty for it, and saw the silver glitter of the moon upon the water. Not a breath of wind stirred, and the shining path the moon made upon the reedy lake fascinated his eye. Everything was so still except that whisper louder in his ear than it had ever been before. Suddenly, upon the silver path upon the lake there shot a silent canoe, with a figure as silently paddling towards him. He gazed for a moment dismayed, and then got to his feet with a jerk. "Dupont," he said mechanically. The canoe swished among the reeds and rushes, scraped on the shore, and a tall, burly figure sprang from it, and stood still, looking at the house. "Qui reste la-Lygon?" he asked. "Dupont," was the nervous, hesitating reply. Dupont came forwards quickly. "Ah, ben, here we are again-so," he grunted cheerily. Entering the house they sat before the fire, holding their hands to the warmth from force of habit, though the night was not cold. "Ben, you will do it to-night-then?" Dupont said. "Sacre, it is time!" "Do what?" rejoined the other heavily. An angry light leapt into Dupont's eyes. "You not unnerstan' my letters- bah! You know it all right, so queeck." The other remained silent, staring into the fire with wide, searching eyes. Dupont put a hand on him. "You ketch my idee queeck. We mus' have more money from that Henderley-certainlee. It is ten years, and he t'ink it is all right. He t'ink we come no more becos' he give five t'ousan' dollars to us each. That was to do the t'ing, to fire the country. Now we want another ten t'ousan' to us each, to forget we do it for him -hein?" Still there was no reply. Dupont went on, watching...
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Published March 23, 2011
by Toronto : Copp, Clark Co..
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