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Old 04-22-2016, 03:20 AM View Post #1 (Link) Prisoner of Zenda - Rassandyll in motion PART 2
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Arrangements are set to murder Rassandyll in a summerhouse at the end of new avenue. Warnings form Antonitte de Mauban foils the attack. Early next day Michael leaves capital accompanied with his wounded body guards.

Dance with Princees Flavia. Rassandyll really falls in love with her. He is faced with a strange situation; Save the king and loose the princess and the kingdom or, let the King die and become King of Ruritania himself.

Visit to Marshall Strakenz. A rescue plan code named "Boar Hunting" arranged. On the failure of Rassandyll's return the Marshall should proclaim the Princess as the ruler of the kingdom.

"Boar Hunting" is to be launched from a French manor house that belongs to a relative of Fritz situated 5 miles from the castle of Zenda. It is considered as an optimum striking distance.

Attack force consists of Rassandyll, Sapt, Fritz and 10 of the King's Special Guards, each of them carefully chosen.

Rassandyll is called upon by Rupert of Hentzau -youngest and the most deadly of assassins – along with two other killers of the Duke. He apologizes to Rassandyll for not being able to provide lodgings for him at duke's residence to aid Boar Hunting.

With Fritz, Rassandyll goes to the inn he once visited the day before he attended the coronation and gets one of the girls to induce Johann Holf, Duke's Keeper to come to meet her at second mile stone out of Zenda. Rassandyll comes back to manor house.

The very next day, Rupert pays a surprise visit to Rassandyll at the manor house and flicks a dagger at him. Fortunately the dagger is not poisoned. Rassandyll survives.

Johann Holf was caught in the trap and was brought to Rassandyll, he spills beans. King is chained in an underground room in the castle, a room which can only be reached through another outer room. In this outer room would be the Duke’s killers. In a room above this Killers’ room would hold reinforcements.

In the room where king is bound is a pulley which -when he is killed on the notification of an attack- would be used to lift his dead body. Once lifted, the body would be attached to a weight and crammed in to a wide steel pipe which opens in to the moat below. The corpse would come to rest in its 20 feet deep grave and then the killers would also escape through the pipe.

They would either swim around to the Draw Bridge and launch a counter attack on those who have entered the castle or just swim across to the other side and escape. But one would remain in the king's room as a decoy so the Duke can later claim he did not keep any King prisoner.

Underground rooms can be reached by descending a flight of stairs that begins at the point where the drawbridge is.

In the Chateau situated on the opposite bank, would be the Duke and Antonitte, their rooms on either side, overlooking the moat and the castle. On the hall of the Chateau would be Joseph and his servants.

In his secret reconnaissance of Jacob's Ladder -name used by young Rupert for the pipe affixed to king's death chamber- Rassandyll stabs Max Holf (brother of Johann) to death. On the drawbridge Rupert also is attacked by Rassandyll's men and both sides suffer losses. Rupert leaps in to the moat. Rassandyll withdraws.

Strelsau's head of Police brings news to Rassandyll of an Englishman said to be disappeared during his visit to Ruritania. Rassandyll hushes things up.

In Chapter 17 and 18 where Rassandyll launches his final operation the author was not that good describing the orientation of the characters, so the reader is confused as to on which side of the moat Rassandyll is. It should be like this:

Rassandyll swims a second time (in his first visit he kills Max Holf) to the pipe and waits for his cue - feigned, preplanned cries of Antonitte De Mauban for help which should occur at 2 o' clock in the morning.

The cue is also meant for Sapt who would be at the Chateau's door to force it open with his men. He would have to arrest the Duke.

But the plan does not go the way Rassandyll wants. He sees Rupert already with her in the Chateau trying to kiss her. At that precise moment the Duke comes in and orders Rupert out of the Chateau who crosses the bridge with De Gautet and comes to the Castle and the bridge is withdrawn behind them.

Rupert comes out a second time, evidently determined to have De Mauban that night, and swims across the moat. He clambers to the Chateau on the otherside and keys in to the Mauban's room. She screams. Too early. Michael intervenes and Rupert dwells a death blow on him. He dies on the hands of Mauban.

As Duke's servants encircle Rupert, he jumps out from the window of De Mauban's room and in to the moat.

Rassandyll kills De Gautet and other three assassins in the underground rooms and come out to the drawbridge where he sees Rupert with his back to him, at the middle of the bridge, challenging a huddling group of Michael's servants. De Mauban emerges from the Chateau and aims a revolver at him and then they hear Sapt's men beating down the door of the Chateau. Rupert jumps in to the moat. (He is fond of jumping in to the moat)

Rassandyll, seeing that king is out of danger, jumps in after young Rupert. They emerge from the outer bank and Rupert keeps on running, Rassandyll, though wounded and weary, cries vainly for him to stop and to fight like a man.

Rupert pulls down a girl riding a horse and waits for Rassandyll. In his anger Rassandyll leaps at Rupert and cuts his cheek. Then Fritz, with his men, appears from the forest and opens fire at Rupert. He gallops out of sight. Fritz helps Rassandyll to his feet.

Secret is revealed to Princess Flavia. She refuses to forget Rassandyll but chooses her honor and her people. "Is love everything?" She asks with tears in her eyes. She still cannot let go of Rassandyll. King survives. And the kingdom is restored back to him.

With his heart full of love and sorrow, his eyes ringing with her call of love "Rudolf, Rudolf, Rudolf, My darling" , Rassandyll says goodbye to Sapt and Fritz and boards a train homewards from a little roadside station in Zenda.
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