1 It is not, however, visible from the grounds.
2 In no place save from the windows in the castle walls is there an available exit.
3 I could see that the bolt of the lock had not been shot, but the door is fastened from the inside.
4 And then I started, broad awake and in full possession of my senses, and ran screaming from the place.
5 I feared to go very far from the station, as we had arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible.
6 I could see from the flash of our lamps, as the rays fell on them, that the horses were coal-black and splendid animals.
7 When I came in he cleared the books and papers from the table; and with him I went into plans and deeds and figures of all sorts.
8 Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets.
9 I could not enter it, as I had not the key of the door leading to it from the house, but I have taken with my kodak views of it from various points.
10 In this respect it is different from the general run of roads in the Carpathians, for it is an old tradition that they are not to be kept in too good order.
11 As I looked back I saw the steam from the horses of the coach by the light of the lamps, and projected against it the figures of my late companions crossing themselves.
12 I tried it harder, and found that it was not really locked, but that the resistance came from the fact that the hinges had fallen somewhat, and the heavy door rested on the floor.
13 Still, it was better than living alone in the rooms which I had come to hate from the presence of the Count, and after trying a little to school my nerves, I found a soft quietude come over me.
14 Sometimes we saw little towns or castles on the top of steep hills such as we see in old missals; sometimes we ran by rivers and streams which seemed from the wide stony margin on each side of them to be subject to great floods.
15 But my very feelings changed to repulsion and terror when I saw the whole man slowly emerge from the window and begin to crawl down the castle wall over that dreadful abyss, face down with his cloak spreading out around him like great wings.
16 He seemed thoroughly to understand, and went on to ask if there would be any practical difficulty in having one man to attend, say, to banking, and another to look after shipping, in case local help were needed in a place far from the home of the banking solicitor.
17 Last night the Count asked me in the suavest tones to write three letters, one saying that my work here was nearly done, and that I should start for home within a few days, another that I was starting on the next morning from the time of the letter, and the third that I had left the castle and arrived at Bistritz.
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