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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...any one of those four beings would accept the dreadful bargain of the general. Nevertheless, he found courage to reveal it to Clara.-The girl shuddered for a moment; then she recovered her calmness, and went to her father, kneeling at his feet.-' "Oh!" she said to him, "make Juanito swear that he will obey, faithfully, the orders that you will give him, and our wishes will be fulfilled." The marquise quivered with hope. But when, leaning against her husband, she heard the horrible confidence that Clara now made to him, the mother fainted. Juanito, on hearing the offer, bounded like a lion in his cage. Victor took upon himself to send the guard away, after obtaining from the marquis a promise of absolute submission. The servants were delivered to the executioner, who hanged them. When the family were alone, with no one but Victor to watch them, the old father rose. "Juanito!" he said.-' Juanito answered only with a motion of the head that signified refusal, falling back into his chair, and looking at his parents with dry and awful eyes. Clara went up to him with a cheerful air and sat upon his knee. "Dear Juanito," she said, passing her arm around his neck and kissing his eyelids, "if you knew how sweet death would seem to me if given by you! Think! I should be spared the odious touch of ad executioner. You would save me from all the woes that await me--and, oh! dear Juanito! you would not have me belong to any one--therefore--" Her velvet eyes cast gleams of fire at Victor, as if to rouse in the heart of Juanito his hatred of the French. i "Have courage," said his brother Felipe; "otherwise our race, our almost royal race, must die extinct." Suddenly Clara rose, the...