An Introduction To The Eternal Collection by Barbara Cartland EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Authors: Barbara Cartlan
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The road was dusty and deep-rutted from the snow of the past winter. The
horse had to pick its way warily, but his master raised his face to the green
budding of the trees overhanging the road and drew a sudden deep breath as
they came upon a wood carpeted with bluebells.
He had forgotten the miracle of spring in England, Rodney Hawkhurst
thought. After months at sea it was breathtaking. It made him feel almost
absurdly sentimental and at the same time excited as he had been years ago
when he first set out on a life of adventure. Now at twenty-nine he thought
himself old and blasé only to find that the spring could arouse his emotions
as easily as a woman might have done.
He drew his plumed hat from his head and felt the breeze upon his
forehead. He had ridden hard and fast and had long since left behind his
servants and the packhorses carrying his luggage.
He felt the need to be alone. He wanted to think and to plan in his own
mind what he was to say when he arrived at Camfield Place. He had heard
many conflicting reports of Sir Harry Gillingham at Whitehall, but the
majority had been reassuring. Sir Harry was rich and generous and there
was no reason to doubt that, were a proposition put to him in a proper
manner, he would agree to it.
It meant so much to Rodney, more than he dared allow himself to
think, and if Sir Harry refused, where else could he turn for help? As he
thought of failure, his lips set themselves in the hard line of obstinacy and
his chin squared itself.
Failure was something he had not previously encountered in his life
and he did not intend to anticipate it now. He must succeed, of course he
must succeed, as he had done in so many other ways.
Deep in his thoughts he had almost reached a pair of high, imposing
iron gates before he realised where he was. He had arrived – here was his
destination and here was the beginning of his quest – a quest for gold!
The gates were open and the horse passed through them. The drive
ahead was bordered by great trees and a profusion of flowering shrubs.
There were lilac bushes heavy with purple and mauve blossom whose
fragrance seemed to scent the air and made the traveller forget once again
his anxiety as he glanced around him.
Laburnum trees were fountains of gold, chestnut blooms starred the
trees like Christmas candles, pink and white. An early cuckoo called from
the dark boughs of the cedars, there was a glimpse of lawns ahead, soft and
lush as green velvet.
It was spring! and Rodney felt light-hearted and assured at the beauty
Then, as his horse carried him forward slowly, something flew swiftly
through the air, striking his hat and casting it violently from his head.
He turned startled, yet with that alertness to danger which comes to
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