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On it stands a little chapel dedicated to St. Christopher, where every traveller stops to say a prayer; for any journey through Escorta will be dangerous. From the keep you look eastward to the Mesaree, the central plain of Lamorie, where Sir Geoffrey's peasants ploughed under his strong protection; on every side this plain is girdled by the steep mountains of the Esclavons. Westward lies the gloomy gorge, and to north and south mountains shut in the view. The path from the bridge to the inner gate zigzags up the slope, too steep for a more direct approach.
Until recently the Briwerrs were great lords in England, though now their barony has been divided among heiresses; and in any case I am a landless younger son from a cadet branch. " I wanted to make it clear that I had not turned up as a poor relation; Sir John de Neuilly had seen the possibility without any prompting from me. "I expect you are cousins, then," she said carelessly. "All the poor gentry have cousins among the great. I myself am a cousin of the King of France; though there is a bastardy in the line, naturally.
Naturally I was placed far from the high table, but in that clear air you see every detail. The de la Roches and their household seemed to be mostly jolly, red-cheeked Burgundians, rather coarser and more beefy than true Frenchmen; but the lady Isabel was beautiful. She was sixteen, tall and slim, grey-eyed, with golden hair hanging to her waist in token of maidenhood. She held herself very straight, and looked remarkably calm during all the excitement. Her face was lightly freckled but the skin of her neck was quite white; her hands were delicate yet capable.