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The Knight Of The Golden Melice A Historical Romance

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The Knight Of The Golden Melice  A Historical Romance
Arundel Had Now An Opportunity To Look Round And Observe The State Of
Things. Besides The Knight And Himself, There Were Seven Or Eight
Indians In The Little Cavern, Armed With Bows And Arrows; And He
Remarked With Pleasure That These Persons Were Not Stained With
War-Paint, Indicating That They Were On No Hostile Expedition, But
Engaged In Hunting. So Far From Offering Violence, Or Even Rudeness,
The Savages Treated Them With Marked Deference, Keeping At A
Respectful Distance, And Yielding To Them The Piles Of Hemlock
Branches Which They Had Arranged For Couches. Arundel Listened To The
Conversation Between The Knight And The Indians With That Strained
Attention With Which One Unacquainted With A Language Will Sometimes
Hang Upon Its Sounds, As If By A Concentration Of The Faculties To
Wring A Sense Out Of It; And If He Was Unable To Make Out The Meaning
Of The Words, He At Least Satisfied Himself, Both From The Intonation
Of The Voices And Expression Of The Faces, That No Immediate Injury
Was Designed. To The Appealing Looks Which Arundel From Time To Time
Directed To Him, The Knight At Length Replied:

"I Know Not, Master Arundel, Whether We Should Consider Ourselves More
Fortunate Or The Contrary, In Falling Into The Hands Of These
Copper-Colored Cavaliers. We Are Their Prisoners, And, As Such, Bound
To Obey Their Motions; But Their Presence Will Guard Us From Attack,
And In That Way Be A Shield; And Their Treatment In Other Respects
Will Shame, I Doubt Not, The Conduct Of More Civilized Men In Like
Circumstances."

"Know You," Inquired Arundel, "The Name Of Their Tribe, And Their
Intentions Towards Us?"

"They Are Taranteens, And, As Far As I Can Learn, Mean To Take Us To
One Of Their Villages. It Was Fortunate Your Shot Took Not Effect;
For, Otherwise, I Know Not What Would Have Been The Consequence."

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