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He opened many prison doors long hopelessly shut. He conferred honors and rewards that had been remorselessly erased from account. He condoned offences against his predecessors, mercifully holding them wanting in evil against nike dunks high uk himself. So it came to pass that Manuel, the hero of the sea fight off Plati, attained a second release, or, in better speech, a second resurrectio nike dunks high n. He had been all the years practically buried in certain cells of the convent of St. Irene on the island of Prinkipo, and now he came forth an old man, blind and too enfeebled to walk. Borne into private audience, he was regarded by Constantine with tender sympathy.
“And thou art that Manuel who made the good fight at Plati?”
“Say rather I am he who was that Manuel,” the ancient replied. “Death despises me now because he could not call my decease a victory.”
The inquisitor, visibly affected, next spoke in an uncertain voice.
“Is what I have heard true, that at thy going into the Monastery thou hadst a family?”
The eyes of the unfortunate were not too far gone for tears; some nike dunks low rolled down his cheeks; others apparently dropped into his throat.
“I had a wife and three children. It is creditable to the feeling called love cheap nike dunks that they chose to share my fate. One only survives, and”–he paused as if feebly aware of the incohere custom nike dunks ncy–“and she was born a prisoner.”
“Born a prisoner!” exclaimed Constantine. “Where is she now?”
“She ought to be here.”
The old man turned as he spoke, and called out anxiously:
“Irene–Irene, where art thou, child?”
An attendant, moved like his master, explained.
“Your Majesty, his daughter is in the ante-room.”
“Bring her here.”
There was a painful hush in the chamber during the waiting. When th nike dunks uk e daughter appeared, all eyes were directed to her–all but the father’s, and even he was instantly aware of her presence; for which, doubtless, the sensibility known only to the nike dunks long-time blind was sufficiently alive.
“Where hast thou been?” he asked, with a show of petulance.
“Calm thee, father, I am here.”
She took his hand to assure him, and then returned the look of the Emperor; only his was of open astonishment, while hers was self-possessed.
Two points were afterwards remembered against her by the courtiers present; first, contrary to the custom of Byzantine women, she wore no veil or other covering for the face; in the next place, she tendered no salutation to the Emperor. Far from prostrating herself, as immemorial etiquette required, she did not so much as kneel or bow her head. They, h nike dunks jd owever, excused her, saying truly her days had been passed in the Monastery without opportunity to acquire courtly manners. In fact they did not at the time notice the omissions. She was so beautiful, an nike dunks high tops d her beauty reposed so naturally in an air of grace, modesty, intelligence, and purity that they saw nothing else. Constantine recovered himself, and rising from his seat, advanced to the edge of the dais, which in such audiences, almost wholly without state, raised him slightly above his guests and attendants, and spoke to the father:
“I know thy history, most noble Greek–noble in blood, noble in loyalty, noble by virtue of what thou hast done for the Empire–and I honor thee. I grieve for the suffering thou hast endured, and wish myself surrounded with many more spiri cheap nike dunks ts like thine, for then, from my exalted place, I could view the future and its portents with greater calmness of expectation, if not with more of hope. Perhaps thou hast heard how sadly my inheritance has been weakened by enemies without and within; ho nike dunks uk w, like limbs lopped from a stately tree, the themes [Footnote: Provinces.] richest in their yield of revenue have been wrested from the body of our State, until scarce more than the capital remains. I make the allusion in apology and excuse for the meagreness of what I have to bestow for thy many heroic services. Wert thou in the prime of manhood, I would bring thee into the palace. That being impossible, I must confine myself to amends within my power. First, take thou cheap nike dunks liberty.”
The sailor sunk to his knees; then he fell upon his hands, and touched the floor with his forehead. In that posture, he waited the further speech. Such was the prostration practised by the Greeks in formally saluting their Basileus.
Constantine proceeded.
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