Rubbing to edges and corners bumped. Spine bumped.
'My throat was clutched viciously in strong fingers, as the face of the man on my chest bent down towards mmine. Through the darkness I discerned the freatures of Rupert of Hentzau. He laughed softly in triumph'.
Fopiled in his previous attempt to gain power in Ruritania, Rupert, prince of villains, seeks revenge. Every year Queen Flavia sends a rose to Rudolf Rassendyll, the man she loves, and when is is indiscreet enough to send a ltter as well, Rupert sees his chance.
The dash and valkour, villany and chivalry of the leading characters, together witht he grand sweep of the story itself, has ensured the popularity of the sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda ever since its first publication in 1898.