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First there was Rooksby : a pleasant , well - spoken , amiable young squire of the
immediate neighbourhood ; young Sir Ralph , a man popular with all sorts , and
in love with my sister Veronica from early days . Veronica was very beautiful ...
... they called themselves — were as well organized for helping malefactors out of
the country as for running goods in ; so it came about that we used to have
coiners and forgers , murderers and French spies — all sorts of malefactors —
I ought to have been exempt from these sordid haps , but the man ' s hot leathery
hand on my throat was like a foretaste of the other collar . And I was horribly
afraid - horribly — of the sort of mysterious potency of the laws that these men ...
We passed through it and up a sort of tunnel . The door at the other end , which
was formed of panels , had a manger and straw crib attached to it on the outside ,
and let us into a horse ' s stall . We found ourselves in the stable of the inn .
I imagined him an aristocrat scapegrace , a corsair - it was the Byronic period
thensailing out to marry a sort of shimmering princess wit hair like Veronica ' s ,
bright golden , and a face like th : of a certain keeper ' s daughter . Carlos ,
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