By A. E. W. Mason
"Lieutenant Sutch used to be the 1st of basic Feversham's site visitors to arrive large position. He arrived approximately 5 o'clock on a day of light in mid June, and the outdated red-brick residence, lodged on a southern slope of the Surrey hills, used to be gleaming from a dismal woodland intensity of pines with the heat of a unprecedented jewel. Lieutenant Sutch limped around the corridor, the place the photos 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 discovered his host sitting erect like a boy, and staring at southward towards the Sussex Downs..."
opposed to the historical past of the Mahdist conflict, a tender guy disgraces himself via quitting the military, which neighbors understand as cowardice, symbolized through the 4 white feathers they offer him. He redeems himself, feather via feather, with acts of actual braveness to save lots of his neighbors. He additionally wins again the center of the lady he loves.
A. E. W. Mason's vintage has been the root for various winning movie variations, together with the acclaimed 2002 model starring Heath Ledger.
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She rose as she entire the sentence and held out her hand. “Shall I see you? ” “You are nonetheless in Hill highway? ” acknowledged Durrance. “I will be for a time in London. ” Mrs. Adair raised her eyebrows. She appeared continually by way of nature for the tricky and hid reason, in order that behavior which sprang from a cause, noticeable and straightforward, was once prone to baffle her. She was once baffled now via Durrance’s unravel to stay on the town. Why did he no longer commute instantaneously to Donegal, she requested herself, given that thither his suggestions absolutely preceded him. She heard of his continuous presence at his provider membership, and will now not comprehend. She didn't actually have a suspicion of his intent whilst he himself educated her that he had travelled into Surrey and had spent an afternoon with basic Feversham. It were an ineffectual day for Durrance. the overall saved him gradually to the heritage of the crusade from which he had simply lower back. just once was once he capable of method the subject of Harry Feversham’s disappearance, and on the mere point out of his son’s identify the outdated General’s face set like plaster. It turned void of expression and inattentive as a masks. “We will speak of anything else, should you please,” acknowledged he; and Durrance lower back to London, no longer an inch closer to Donegal. Thereafter he sat less than the nice tree within the internal courtyard of his membership, chatting with this guy and to that, and nonetheless unhappy with the dialog. throughout that June the afternoons and evenings discovered him at his publish. by no means a pal of Feversham’s glided by the tree yet Durrance had a note for him, and the notice led continuously to a query. however the query elicited no solution other than a shrug of the shoulders, and a “Hanged if i do know! ” Harry Feversham’s position knew him not more; he had dropped even out of the speculations of his buddies. in the direction of the top of June, despite the fact that, an outdated retired naval officer limped into the courtyard, observed Durrance, hesitated, and commenced with a notable alacrity to maneuver away. Durrance sprang up from his seat. “Mr. Sutch,” acknowledged he. “You have forgotten me? ” “Colonel Durrance, to be sure,” acknowledged the embarrassed lieutenant. “It is a few whereas in view that we met, yet I bear in mind you rather well now. i feel we met—let me see—where was once it? An outdated man’s reminiscence, Colonel Durrance, is sort of a leaky send. It involves harbour with its shipment of memories swamped. ” Neither the lieutenant’s current embarrassment nor his past hesitation escaped Durrance’s observe. “We met at extensive Place,” acknowledged he. “I want you to provide me information of my buddy Feversham. Why was once his engagement to overlook Eustace damaged off? the place is he now? ” The lieutenant’s eyes gleamed for a second with delight. He had regularly been uncertain even if Durrance was once conscious of Harry’s fall into shame. Durrance evidently didn't be aware of. “There is just one individual on the earth, I believe,” stated Sutch, “who can resolution either your questions. ” Durrance used to be under no circumstances disconcerted. “Yes. i've got waited the following a month for you,” he spoke back. Lieutenant Sutch driven his palms via his beard, and stared down at his spouse.