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The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Apr 03, 2011

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I was drawn to the cover and illustrations, by N. C. Wyeth, of this edition which kept me interested long enough to take me beyond the language of the past; where "in" means if and "gossip" means God willing.Then moving on to the true coming of age story of Master Richard Shelton set in the time of the War of the Roses with an appearance of a young Richard Crookback to speed along the story and a love triangle of the old sort.Maid betrothed against her will to a fathers friend or foe (never really sorted that out).RLS is a master of realistic battle scenes. " Then followed an obstinate and deadly struggle, hand to hand. The assaliants, wielding their falchions with one hand, strove with the other to drag down the structure of the barricade. On the other side the parts were reversed; and the defenders strove like madmen to protect their rampart"...But it is always easier to dystroy;"
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