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Picture Tales from Welsh Hills

Bertha Thomas

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.brThis is an OCR edition with typos.brExcerpt from book#58-brThe Castle of Sleep He came upon it late one afternoon, worn,MorePurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.brThis is an OCR edition with typos.brExcerpt from book#58-brThe Castle of Sleep He came upon it late one afternoon, worn, wet, and wearied by a fifty mile fight with foul weather. The cycle gave out first, vanquished, then the man. Instantly, as at a signal shot, the victor relented. The scenery shifted, the clouds vanished, and the sunset glory#151-enhanced by a magnificent rainbow arch#151- irradiated yonder, in the desert place alongside, the shape of a mighty ruin. A long, irregular frontage, broken by turrets and projections, scarred and wrinkled, but palatial and imposing even in utter decay, it rose, a giant monument of history and romance. Oh, lets see this ! gasped the cyclist, and spent his last breath, or next to it, in dragging himself and his machine across to the castle gatehouse, in whose shelter, from sheer exhaustion, he dropped, and went dead asleep. Alan Johns, journalist#151-his name and trade#151-travelled in literary work. A commission from a London syndicate had brought him hither, to furnish a series of popular articles on the chain of Norman castles that once guarded the coast of West Wales. Here indeed on the jagged sea-board of two counties #151-all creeks, bays, and estuaries, offering rich choice of landing-places to pirates and invaders#151-these strongholds were essential to the continued existence of their lords. Themselves but a handful of stranger settlers planted there between the furtive hostility of the common people and the quarrelsome friendship and sometimes treacherous alliance of the Welsh nobilityand gentry, their lot was at all times a busy one. Witness these edifices#151- remarkable#151-nay, unique. Legion is their name. As The Castle of Sleep #151-for reasons that will presently appear#151-this one abides in the memory of Alan Johns. A proper name it has, but its origin and early history, curiously enough, ...