Tomorrow, Wednesday, I'll be keeping my weekly date with Tucker Carlson, live coast to coast at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific on Fox News. Hope you'll join us.
Meanwhile, here's Episode Twelve of our nightly audio adventure, The Prisoner of Zenda - written by Anthony Hope in 1894 and a stirring tale of honor and duty. In tonight's episode, Rudolf Rassendyll resolves to act and rescue the King from the clutches of Black Michael. But the old Colonel is more cautious:
Sapt shook his head over it.
'Why can't you wait?' he asked.
'The King may die...'
A gleam came into old Sapt's eye.
'We should have Michael one way or the other then,' he chuckled; 'whereas if you go and are killed with the King, what will become of those of us who are left?'
'They will serve Queen Flavia,' said I, 'and I would to God I could be one of them.'
A pause followed. Old Sapt broke it by saying sadly, yet with an unmeant drollery that set Fritz and me laughing:
'Why didn't old Rudolf the Third marry your—great-grandmother, was it?'
'Come,' said I, 'it is the King we are thinking about... I have been an impostor for the profit of another, but I will not be one for my own; and if the King is not alive and on his throne before the day of betrothal comes, I will tell the truth, come what may.'
'You shall go, lad,' said Sapt.
And off they set. If you're a member of The Mark Steyn Club you can hear Part Twelve of our serialization of The Prisoner of Zenda simply by clicking here and logging-in. All previous episodes can be found here. Founding Member John Wilson writes:
Great entertainment! Mark, you could even add a little tag at the end of each episode 'No young women were molested in the production of this audio.' You could start the trend that is sure to sweep the nation.
Well, there is certainly a difference between Rudolf Rassendyll's self-restraint and Harvey Weinstein's lack thereof. On the other hand, I do believe Weinstein chose all that upscale anglophile Oscar-bait stuff with Judi Dench, Meryl Streep et al precisely because it was the perfect cover. So he would have cast Madeleine Carroll as Flavia, and lunged at her anyway...
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