The Four Feathers

By A. E. W. Mason

Bankruptcy I

"Lieutenant Sutch was once the 1st of common Feversham's visitors to arrive large position. He arrived approximately 5 o'clock on a day of light in mid June, and the outdated red-brick apartment, lodged on a southern slope of the Surrey hills, used to be sparkling from a dismal wooded area intensity of pines with the heat of a unprecedented jewel. Lieutenant Sutch limped around the corridor, the place the pictures of the Fevershams rose one above the opposite to the ceiling, and went out directly to the stone-flagged terrace on the again. There he came upon his host sitting erect like a boy, and watching southward towards the Sussex Downs..."

opposed to the historical past of the Mahdist struggle, a tender guy disgraces himself via quitting the military, which buddies understand as cowardice, symbolized by means of the 4 white feathers they offer him. He redeems himself, feather through feather, with acts of actual braveness to save lots of his associates. He additionally wins again the center of the lady he loves.

A. E. W. Mason's vintage has been the root for varied profitable movie diversifications, together with the acclaimed 2002 model starring Heath Ledger.

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Sure. ” Calder bent down all at once in the direction of the Arab at the angareb. even supposing he by no means moved, the fellow was once unsleeping. Calder have been having a look progressively at him, and observed that his eyes the spoken phrases. “You comprehend English? ” acknowledged Calder. The Arab couldn't resolution along with his lips, yet a glance of comprehension got here into his face. “Where do you return from? ” requested Calder. The lips attempted to maneuver, yet no longer loads as a whisper escaped from them. but his eyes spoke, yet spoke vainly; for the main which they can inform was once an excellent eagerness to respond to. Calder dropped upon his knee nearby the man’s head, and, keeping the lantern shut, enunciated the cities. “From Dongola? ” No gleam within the Arab’s eyes spoke back to that identify. “From Metemneh? From Berber? From Omdurman? Ah! ” The Arab replied to that notice. He closed his eyelids. Calder went on nonetheless extra eagerly. “You have been wounded there? No. the place then? At Berber? certain. You have been in criminal at Omdurman and escaped? No. but you have been wounded. ” Calder sank again upon his knee and mirrored. His reflections roused in him a few pleasure. He bent all the way down to the Arab’s ear and spoke in a reduce key. “You have been aiding somebody to flee? sure. Who? El Kaimakam Trench? No. ” He pointed out the names of different white captives in Omdurman, and to every identify the Arab’s eyes replied, “No. ” “It used to be Effendidt Feversham, then? ” he stated, and the eyes assented as essentially as if the lips had spoken. yet this was once the entire info which Calder may well safe. “I too am pledged to assist Effendi Feversham,” he stated, yet in useless. The Arab couldn't communicate, he couldn't rather a lot as inform his identify, and his partners wouldn't. no matter what these males knew or suspected, that they had no brain to meddle within the subject themselves, they usually clung always to a narrative which absolved them from accountability. Kinsmen of theirs in Korosko, listening to that they have been traveling to Assouan, had requested them to take cost of the wounded guy, who used to be a stranger to them, they usually had consented. Calder might get not anything extra specific from them than this assertion, even though heavily he wondered them. He had lower than his hand the knowledge which he wanted, the inside track of Harry Feversham for which Durrance requested by way of each mail, however it was once hidden from him in a locked e-book. He stood beside the helpless guy upon the angareb. There he was once, keen adequate to talk, however the extremity of weak spot to which he had sunk laid a finger upon his lips. All that Calder may well do used to be to determine him appropriately bestowed in the sanatorium at Assouan. “Will he get well? ” Calder requested, and the medical professionals shook their heads unsure. there has been an opportunity probably, a really moderate likelihood, yet on the top restoration will be sluggish. Calder persisted upon his trip to Cairo and Europe. a chance of supporting Harry Feversham had slipped away; for the Arab who couldn't even communicate his identify used to be Abou Fatma, of the Kabbabish tribe, and his presence wounded and helpless upon the Nile steamer among Korosko and Assouan intended that Harry Feversham’s rigorously laid plan for the rescue of Colonel Trench had failed.

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