The Stone-Cutter of Lisbon; A Novel

9780217608770: The Stone-Cutter of Lisbon; A Novel

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. 1889. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIII. A SURPRISE FOR THE PRINCE. Arriving before the house of the astronomer with Joam Britto and his troop, the Prince found his entrance denied by two stout fellows armed with swords and muskets, and wearing the livery he had noticed on Torsa. "Let me pass," said the Prince, "I wish to see the wizard." "There is no wizard here, sefior," replied one of the men, who, like his comrade, was an Italian. "I mean the astronomer-the man called Dietro Demetrius.. Give way, knave." "Aye, give way," said Britto, who was at the side of the Prince. "Give way to his highness, Duke del Sorno." "Were his highness King Jose we must deny him admittance." "Britto," said the Prince, with a cold sneer, "we must cut the comb of this mountebank, who gives himself the air of a noble." "True. Here, knaves. You gee my troop there? Give way on the instant, or be cut as fine as your macaroni." "We have strict orders from his Eminence not to admit the Duke del Sorno or any of his friends to-day." "His Eminence! And who here assumes that title?" demanded the Prince. "I will reply to that question," said a deep, commanding voice within the vestibule, and Dietro Demetrius appeared, in the same garb in which we saw him last, but wearing over it a rich cloak of scarlet velvet, over, his shoulders a short purple mantle, on his head a red hat, and in his hand a golden crosier. Behind him advanced a man bearing a staff, from which hung a banner of silk gorgeously emblazoned with the papal arms "I am he who is called his Eminence here," he said, with stern and lofty dignity. "A prince of the church! A cardinal!" exclaimed Britto, taking off his helmet and bowing. "Aye, a cardinal, an ambassador from his Holiness to King Jose of Portugal. What desires Prince Enrique with me?" "I li...

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