Rookwood

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Let me know, therefore, fully the intent Of this thy dismal preparation- This talk fit for a charnel.
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Within a sepulchral vault, and at midnight, two persons were seated. The chamber was of singular construction and considerable extent. The roof was of solid stone masonry, and rose in a wide semicircular arch to the height of about seventeen feet, measured from the centre of the ceiling to the ground floor, while the sides were ...
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Let me know, therefore, fully the intent Of this thy dismal preparation- This talk fit for a charnel.
Webster.
Within a sepulchral vault, and at midnight, two persons were seated. The chamber was of singular construction and considerable extent. The roof was of solid stone masonry, and rose in a wide semicircular arch to the height of about seventeen feet, measured from the centre of the ceiling to the ground floor, while the sides were divided by slight partition-walls into ranges of low, narrow catacombs. The entrance to each cavity was surrounded by an obtusely-pointed arch, resting upon slender granite pillars; and the intervening space was filled up with a variety of tablets, escutcheons, shields, and inscriptions, recording the titles and heraldic honors of the departed. There were no doors to the niches; and within might be seen piles of coffins, packed one upon another, till the floor groaned with the weight of lead. Against one of the pillars, upon a hook, hung a rack of tattered, time-out-of-mind hatchments; and in the centre of the tomb might be seen the effigies of Sir Ranulph de Rokewode, the builder of the mausoleum, and the founder of the race who slept within its walls. This statue, wrought in black marble, differed from most monumental carved-work, in that its posture was erect and lifelike. Sir Ranulph was represented as sheathed in a complete suit of mail, decorated with his emblazoned and gilded surcoat, his arm leaning upon the pommel of a weighty curtal-axe. The attitude was that of stern repose. A conically-formed helmet rested upon the brow; the beaver was raised, and revealed harsh but commanding features. The golden spur of knighthood was fixed upon the heel; and, at the feet, enshrined in a costly sarcophagus of marble, dug from the same quarry as the statue, rested the mortal remains of one of "the sternest knights to his mortal foe that ever put speare in the rest."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781499347753
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/12/2014
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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was thy life," he exclaimed; " a brief, bright sparkle, followed by dark, utter extinction ! " Saying which, he flung the expiring ashes of the floweret from his hand. The Skeleton Hand. Duch. You are very cold. 1 fear you are not well after your travel. Ha ! lights.Oh horrible ! Fer. Let her have lights enough. Duch. What witchcraft doth he practise, that he hath left A dead hand here ? Duchess of Mal/y. The sexton's waning candle now warned him of the progress of time, and having completed his arrangements, he addressed himself to Luke, intimating his intention of departing. But receiving no answer, and remarking no signs of life about his grandson, he began to be apprehensive that he had fallen into a swoon. Drawing near to Luke, he took him gently by the arm. Thus disturbed, Luke groaned aloud. "I am glad to find you can breathe, if it be only after that melancholy fashion," said the sexton ; " but come, I have wasted time enough already. You must indulge your grief elsewhere." " Leave me," sighed Luke. " What, here 1 It were as much as my office is worth. You can return some other night. But go you must, nowat least, if you take on thus. I never calculated upon a scene like this, or it had been long ere I brought you hither. So come away; yet, stay; but first lend me a hand to replace the body in the coffin." "Touch it not," exclaimed Luke; "she shall not rest another hour within these accursed walls. I willbear her hence myself." And, sobbing hysterically, he relapsed into his former insensibility. " Poh ! this is worse than midsummer madness," said Peter; " the lad is crazy with grief, and all about a mother who has been four-and-twenty years in her grave. I will e'en puther out of the way myself." Saying which, he proceeded, as n...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Why are MALE AUTHOR???

    Am I the only one that thinks it is somewhat weird that a male is writing romance novels? Good read.

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