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EXTREMELY DARK of hair, of eyes and skin, moderately tall, and shaped with that compact, breathtaking symmetry that the male figure sometimes assumes, a brilliantly devised, aggressive head topping his broad shoulders, graceful, a man vehemently alive, a man with the promise of a young God. Hugo at eighteen. His emotions ran through his eyes like hot steel in a dark mould. People avoided those eyes; they contained a statement from which ordinary souls shrank.

His skin glowed and sweated into a shiny redbrown. His voice was deep and alluring. During twelve long and fierce years he had fought to know and control himself. Indian Creek had forgotten the terrible child.

Hugo’s life at that time revolved less about himself than it had during his first years. That was both natural and fortunate. If his classmates in school and the older people of the town had not discounted his early physical precocity, even his splendid vitality

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  • Bison Frontiers of Imagination i
  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • I 3
  • II 17
  • III 24
  • IV 44
  • V 58
  • VI 65
  • VII 80
  • VIII 101
  • IX 139
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  • In the Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series 333
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