nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk) wrote,

Sometimes the slash just writes itself

From The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope, which I have been reading with great enjoyment. Rudolf, our hero, has been impersonating the King of Ruritania and sighing over the beautiful and loving Princess Flavia as he tries to defeat the machinations of the wicked Black Michael, the Duke of Strelsau and the King’s half-brother. He also seems to be keen on the manly beauty, brilliant swordsmanship, courage, flair, and audacity of Rent-A-Henchman, Rupert of Hentzau. See, for example, his final description.

Leaning forward, he tossed his hair off his forehead and smiled, and said: “Au revoir, Rudolf Rassendyll!”

Then, with his cheek streaming blood, but his lips laughing and his body swaying with ease and grace, he bowed to me; and he bowed to the farm-girl, who had drawn near in trembling fascination, and he waved his hand to Fritz, who was just within range and let fly a shot at him. The ball came nigh doing its work, for it struck the sword he held, and he dropped the sword with an oath, wringing his fingers and clapped his heels hard on his horse’s belly, and rode away at a gallop.

And I watched him go down the long avenue, riding as though he rode for his pleasure and singing as he went, for all there was that gash in his cheek.

Once again he turned to wave his hand, and then the gloom of thickets swallowed him and he was lost from our sight. Thus he vanished — reckless and wary, graceful and graceless, handsome, debonair, vile, and unconquered.

That last sentence is simply fantastic. What is one meant to think, but "Cor, I would!" I shall be reading the sequel.
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