Barlasch of the Guard

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byHugh Stowell Scott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXX The Fulfilment And I have laboured somewhat in my time And not been paid profusely. When Desiree came down the next morning she found Barlasch talking to himself and laughing as he prepared his breakfast. He met her with a gay salutation, and seemed unable to control his hilarity. "It is," he explained, "because to-night we shall be under fire. We shall be in danger. It makes me afraid, and I laugh. I cannot help it. When I am afraid, I laugh." He bustled about the room, and Desiree saw that he had already opened his secret store beneath the floor to take from it such delicacies as remained. "You slept?" he asked, sharply. "Yes, I can see you did. That is good, for to-night we shall be awake. And now you must eat." For Barlasch was a materialist. He had fought death in one form or another all his life, and he knew that those who eat and sleep are better equipped for the battle than those who cherish high ideals or think great thoughts. "It is a good thing," he said, looking at her, "that you are so slim. In a military coat--if you put on that short dress in which you skate, and your high boots--you will look like a soldier. It is a good thing that it is winter, for you can wear the hood of your military coat over your head, as they all do out in the trenches to keep their ears from falling. So you need not cut off your hair--all that golden hair. Name of thunder, that would be a pity, would it not?" He turned to the fire, and stirred his coffee reflectively. "In my own country," he said, "a long time ago, there was a girl who had hair like yours. That is why we are friends, perhaps." He gave a queer short laugh, and took up his sheepskin coat, preparatory to going out. "I have my preparations to make," he said, with an air of importance. "There ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXX The Fulfilment And I have laboured somewhat in my time And not been paid profusely. When Desiree came down the next ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021777590X

ISBN - 13:9780217775908

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