and he were watching still to see the form of his beloved

Five spines and six beasts netbird2023-12-02 10:08:57 53 3

Having arrived at these conclusions, she gave her mind again to the still unsettled question of the new lock to the medicine-chest.

and he were watching still to see the form of his beloved

Measuring the longest of the bottles (the bottle containing the antidote), she found that her dressing case was not high enough to hold it, while the chest was in the locksmith's workshop. Her trunks, on the other hand, were only protected by very ordinary locks, and were too large to be removed to the safe keeping of the cupboard. She must either leave the six bottles loose on the shelf or abandon the extra security of the new lock.

and he were watching still to see the form of his beloved

The one risk of taking the first of these two courses, was the risk of leaving the key again in the cupboard. Was this likely to occur, after the fright she had already suffered? The question was not really worth answering. She had already placed two of the bottles on the shelf--when a fatal objection to trusting the empty box out of her own possession suddenly crossed her mind.

and he were watching still to see the form of his beloved

Her husband's colleagues at Wurzburg and some of the elder students, were all acquainted (externally, at least) with the appearance of the Professor's ugly old medicine-chest. It could be easily identified by the initials of his name, inscribed in deeply-burnt letters on the lid. Suppose one of these men happened to be in Frankfort? and suppose he saw the stolen chest in the locksmith's shop? Two such coincidences were in the last degree improbable--but it was enough that they were possible. Who but a fool, in her critical position, would run the risk of even one chance in a hundred turning against her? Instead of trusting the chest in a stranger's hands, the wiser course would be to burn it at the first safe opportunity, and be content with the security of the cupboard, while she remained in Mr. Keller's house. Arriving at this conclusion, she put the chest and its contents back again on the shelf--with the one exception of the label detached from the blue-glass bottle.

In the preternatural distrust that now possessed her, this label assumed the character of a dangerous witness, if, through some unlucky accident, it happened to fall into the hands of any person in the house. She picked it up--advanced to the fireplace to destroy it--paused--and looked at it again.

Nearly two doses of the antidote were still left. Who could say, looking at the future of such a life as hers, that she might not have some need of it yet--after it had already served her so well? Could she be sure, if she destroyed it, of remembering the instructions which specified the intervals at which the doses were to be given, the signs which signified recovery, and the length of time during which the vegetable diet was to be administered?

She read the first sentences again carefully.

"Antidote to Alexander's Wine. The fatal dose, in case of accident, is indicated by the notched slip of paper attached to the bottle. Two fluid drachms of the poison (more than enough to produce death) were accidentally taken in my experience. So gradual is the deadly effect that, after a delay of thirty-six hours before my attention was called to the case, the administration of the antidote proved successful. The doses are to be repeated----"



Latest articles

Random articles

  • At certain seasons they catch also, in “corrales,”
  • latch inside raised from outside by a leather thong, or
  • a simple jest became the fellow; how gloriously he laughed.
  • Come then, sir, he said, with his old-fashioned politeness,
  • solid wall opened before her; it was another masked door.
  • compact. To-night it drove me out of the house: that was
  • the mayor proceeded to Enmore Green, near Motcombe, with
  • If you sing before breakfast, you'll cry before night.
  • In the morning I asked a young Indian, who was wet to the
  • Newton, on a flat and dismal road, stands at the King's
  • Doctors?... Bah! I'll tell you, he whispered. I want
  • know that she would have bowed when she took it back had
  • mist seemed to float above the water. This mist had a familiar
  • I should be greatly indebted to you. But shan't I be a
  • he was saying, so he pointed to an old rascal of a villager
  • as it is commonly called. This town is very curiously placed,
  • fowls, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, and cattle; the order
  • an extensive landscape is seen through the openings between
  • Well, you've seen it—what do you think of it? he said
  • point of her scissors to the next letter. What be thuck
  • the light upon them. They led upward. He mounted cautiously,
  • he insisted on bringing me in to supper. He showed me his
  • a few hundred yards out of Melbury Abbas, and then Fortune's
  • to punish him for loitering on his way. Oh, she said
  • barter. Money was scarcely worth anything, but their eagerness
  • My motor cycle had carried me without a hitch from London
  • I turned into bed and passed rather a broken night, with
  • I laughed, but the full horror of it had soaked into me.
  • in all the finer points of big game hunting. Of an evening
  • and my nerves were deceiving me. But I could not shake
  • six miles from Shaftesbury. It is the Marlott of Hardy's
  • into a gully, and my machine bumped and rattled and groaned
  • composed. When we reached Lemuy we had much difficulty
  • conclusion that the old fellow was a little eccentric,
  • and this idea of the house being on the left side of the
  • I asked a little girl if her mother lived near, as I wished
  • reason to believe her dead, and that it was because of
  • She pointed to the letter A and asked Tommy to name it.
  • I left my friend the yeoman farmer with regret, regained
  • The farmer's name was Mr Weekes—the same as it was painted
  • which marks the natural boundary of the country that the
  • to preserve it. It was first pressed as dry as possible,
  • Making marc bricks at Farmer Hovey's was the highest
  • never tasted the meat. Loudon also informs us that the
  • and go into permanent camp just beyond the great river
  • the Confessor it possessed three mints, sure evidence of
  • became the richest in England, and, as the shrine of St
  • the white hart which Henry by express will had reserved
  • of an ancient tertiary epoch) of which these islands are
  • was seated behind the coffee-pot, and his face was quite
  • tags