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Then the Clockwork man turned himself slowly round.IN THE FIRE-ROOM. IN THE FIRE-ROOM.
One quick gasp, a deadly pallor of the face ghastly behind the artificial colouring, and the woman was herself again. She led the way to a secluded seat where they could talk without the chance of being overheard.
"Not on your life," roared the Doctor. "At the worst I shall bore you with my many-times-told jests."
The Countess smote her fan on her gloves passionately.XXX DIGNITY AND IMPUDENCE
"So powerful did the rebels become that they had nearly a third of the best part of the empire under their control, and the imperial authorities became seriously alarmed. City after city had been captured by the rebels, and at one time the overthrow of the government appeared almost certain. The rebels were numerous and well officered, and they had the advantage of foreign instruction, and, to some extent, of foreign arms. The imperialists went to war after the old system, which consisted of sound rather than sense. They were accustomed to beat gongs, fire guns, and make a great noise to frighten the enemy; and as the enemy knew perfectly well what it was all about, it did not amount to much. The suppression of the rebellion was largely due to foreigners, and the most prominent of these was an American."CHAPTER XIX.