The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman The stag of Texas reclining in midnight lair is startled from his slumbers by the hoofstroke of a horse He does not forsake his covert nor yet rise to his feet His domain is shared by the wild stee

  • Title: The Headless Horseman
  • Author: Mayne Reid
  • ISBN: 9781499759969
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stag of Texas, reclining in midnight lair, is startled from his slumbers by the hoofstroke of a horse He does not forsake his covert, nor yet rise to his feet His domain is shared by the wild steeds of the savannah, given to nocturnal straying He only uprears his head and, with antlers o ertopping the tall grass, listens for a repetition of the sound Again is theThe stag of Texas, reclining in midnight lair, is startled from his slumbers by the hoofstroke of a horse He does not forsake his covert, nor yet rise to his feet His domain is shared by the wild steeds of the savannah, given to nocturnal straying He only uprears his head and, with antlers o ertopping the tall grass, listens for a repetition of the sound Again is the hoofstroke heard, but with altered intonation There is a ring of metal the clinking of steel against stone The sound, significant to the ear of the stag, causes a quick change in his air and attitude Springing clear of his couch, and bounding a score of yards across the prairie, he pauses to look back upon the disturber of his dreams In the clear moonlight of a southern sky, he recognises the most ruthless of his enemies man One is approaching upon horseback Yielding to instinctive dread, he is about to resume his flight when something in the appearance of the horseman some unnatural seeming holds him transfixed to the spot With haunches in quivering contact with the sward, and frontlet faced to the rear, he continues to gaze his large brown eyes straining upon the intruder in a mingled expression of fear and bewilderment What has challenged the stag to such protracted scrutiny The horse is perfect in all its parts a splendid steed, saddled, bridled, and otherwise completely caparisoned In it there appears nothing amiss nothing to produce either wonder or alarm But the man the rider Ah About him there is something to cause both something weird something wanting By heavens it is the head

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    1. Это было интересно. Даже не смотря на предсказуемость развязки, почему то читалось с удовольствием.

    2. This book is one of the best books i had ever read.Its very full of sense book for me.Lot of love and romance.It easily takes you inside of all the novel,every scene.Love it,my advice is read this book.

    3. На мой взгляд это один из самых лучших приключенческих романов всех времен и народов и определенно самый лучший в жанре "вестерн". Читал его в детстве несколько раз и потом перечитывал уже когда стал постарше. До сих пор помню имена почти всех героев романа.Интересно, что ро [...]

    4. Man vienmēr licies, ka šī būs padrūma grāmata par tumšajiem viduslaikiem, jo anotācijai biju tikai pavirši uzmetis aci. Nekā nebija. Stāsts risinās saulainajā Teksasā tās sulīgajās prērijās un notikumus diktē karstais meksikāņu temperments.Pretēji iepriekš lasītajām klasikas grāmatām biju patīkami vīlies, kas negadās bieži.Nav nekāds spraigais sižets, intriga tiek kāpināta lēni. Tomēr, ja neskaita detalizēti aprakstīto notikumu sīkumus, romāns bija pared [...]

    5. I read this book about 35 years ago. Yes, it was one of those books that was considered a classic and great reading material in Soviet Union. Every kid must have read it and I was not an exception. While being a timid and not a very tough kid at the time, I took a deep dive into the land of cowboys and Indians, mustangs, wild horses and fighting. Love, of course what boy doesn't want to be cool, tough and in love with a beautiful woman or be loved. That is as much as I can remember, since it was [...]

    6. ამ წიგნს ვუწერ 5 ვარსკვლავს, იმიტომ რომ ბავშვობაში, ცხრაჯერ მაინც წავიკითხე ისე მომწონდა სიუჟეტი. პერსონაჟებიც ყველა მახსოვს და ის მონაკვეთებიც, რაზეც ვიცინოდი ან ვტიროდი :დდდ მორის ჯერალდ [...]

    7. Jau kurį laiką man tęsiasi noras - mačiau filmą, seniai mačiau filmą, o ar yra knyga, jei yra, kodėl iki šiol jos neperskaičiau. Tai labiausiai liečia klasiką (eilėje stovi "Trys muškietininkai", jau nežinau kiek versijų mačiau, bet originalo neskaičiau). Taigi išsikėliau sau tikslą perskaityti tokias knygas ir tarp senų knygų, "Drąsiųjų kelių" serijos, radau šį perlą, kiek pasitrynusį, mačiusi gyvenimo, reikalaujantį remonto (teko suklijuoti, nes viršelis nesit [...]

    8. ისე მოხდა, რომ როდესაც უცხოური ლიტერატურის კითხვა დავიწყე, ფაქტიურად პირველად ეს შემომხვდა. ძალიან პატარა ვიყავი, შესაბამისად მთლად ადეკვატური ვერ ვიქნები, მაგრამ ახლაც მახსოვს, როგორც ს [...]

    9. Цікаво було читати у дитинстві, оскільки таких книжок публікувалося вкрай мало. Несправедливе звинувачення у вбивстві та перемога справедливості у кінці.

    10. I am really happy, that I finally have read this book. And I loved it so much, I finished it in a few days.This book returned me to my childhood and reminded me what a big fan of wild adventures I was.I enjoyed reading about old Texas times. Actually I was a little bit jealous, that people used to live this way. They could live in forests and woods, hunt, drink from rivers, live with nature in peace and didn't really need much. I think it's obvious that the main and good characters of this book [...]

    11. Ну нарешті, і цю читацьку галочку я поставила, а то ж прямо був непорядок якийсь.Недарма у мене були підозри, що станеться так, як свого часу сталося із Останнім із могікан: читатиму і почуватимусь школяркою-переростком, яку залишили на п'ятий рік у попередньому класі, і вона [...]

    12. Это такая скучная книга, что мне кажется, что Рида выбрали в СССР, чтобы знакомить советского читателя с американской литературой, потому что его произведение не поднимает никаких ненужных вопросов и рассказывает просто любовную историю про ковбоев и это не «Горбатая гор [...]

    13. Very interesting and fascinating book. The novel's plot is a detective story. The headless horseman appears as a nonsense to a reader. Neither the characters nor the narrator know who is it. A mystery is around this typical setting of Texas. The narrator talks to his reader through the main character Maurice Gerald. The book becomes even more entertaining when romance between the main characters occurs. The ending is culmination of everybody's guesses which composes complete picture of a puzzle [...]

    14. The author describes the events so vividly that I was even scared at some points :) Also he/she kept me absorbed in the book as I was always curious about the things to happen next. Overall, the book was good but it is my not my favorite.

    15. Here's what Edgar Allen Poe said about Mayne Reid: "he is a colossal but most picturesque liar. He fibs on a surprising scale but with the finish of an artist, and that is why I listen to him attentively." Poe nailed it - Mayne told colossal and picturesque stories that thrilled generations of boys, includingTeddy Roosevelt and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (whose Sign of the Four bears a striking resemblance to Reid's work). He is even today still read by kids in Europe - hard to believe, given the ac [...]

    16. This is one of the first books I have read with my mother and it will always stay in the warmest place of my heart.

    17. ტასო 5-6 წლის წინ : ხრიოკ პრერიებში ტეხასელი კოვბოების თავგადასავლების კითხვას რა ჯობია!კარგი დრო იყო :დ

    18. This is the first book by Mayne Reid that i read.And i'm sorry to say, it's most likely the last one.I really, really wanted to like the book and his style of writing.And while the first proved to get better towards the end, his writing however, is not my taste.The constant "toying" with the reader "Who was this rider? He was wearing this and that (previously described on a character), went there, did this, oh who could it ever be?" " It was, indeed *insert name* "Like, i'm not that stupid, i ca [...]

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