Tween Snow and Fire by Bertram Mitford Free eBook

You can download another English novel Tween Snow and Fire on this page. Originally published in 1892. The author was Bertram Mitford, who was a novelist, colonial writer and a cultural critic. He wrote several books in which the most of his literary work was set in South Africa.

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Tween Snow and Fire by Bertram Mitford Free eBook

The tumultuous thunder of the fierce war-dance sounded louder and louder upon the night-the glare of the distant fires reddened, and then glowed forth afresh. What if Tom Carhayes had come upon the spoor of his missing sheep–and in his blind rage had followed it right into Nteya’s location? Might he not as well walk straight into a den of lions? The savage Gaikas, wound up to the highest pitch of bloodthirsty excitement, would at such a time be hardly less dangerous than so many beasts of prey.

Even at that very moment the cord of that one life might be snapped. Suddenly a great tongue of flame shot up into the night, then another and another. From a hilltop the red and threatening beacons flashed forth their message of hate and defiance. The distant tumult of the savage orgy had ceased. A weird and brooding silence lay upon the surrounding country.

“Oh, what does it mean? What does it all mean?” cried Eanswyth starting up from her chair. Her face was white with fear–her dilated eyes, gazing forth upon the gushing fires, were wild and horror-stricken. Eustace, standing there at her side, could hardly restrain himself from throwing his arms around her and pouring out a passionate storm of comforting, loving words.

Yet she belonged to another man–was bound to him until death should them part. But what if death had already parted them? What if she were so bound no longer? he thought with a fierce, wild yearning that had in it something of the murderer’s fell purpose, as he strained his gaze upon the wild signals of savage hostility.

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