This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. Twenty years have elapsed since the memorable fall of Tollantzingo, and the band of Toltecs live peacefully under the excellent rule of king Nouhyotl and his gentle queen Xinhtlatzin. They have but one surviving child, a handsome princess whom they have named Centeotl, now eighteen years of age. Prince Meconetzin had become a power in the kingdom and was revered by the Toltecs, for he inheritated all of the grace and beauty which had proved so fatally fascinating to his gentle mother, and also her refined nature, coupled with a robust, manly figure. In the presence of the fair young princess, whose features always brightened at his coming, he unconsciously brought every powerful element of his sensitive nature to bear upon the one great wish of his longing heart, which yearned to be always near her by the sacred right which her own loving heart must give. Ezcolotl became the mother of a son, the result she said of her having swallowed the chalchihuitl, which she had taken with suicidal intent; she had named him Topiltzin, and as the years rolled by she became very ambitious for his future welfare, and incited in his bosom a feeling of jealousy and spirit of rivalry toward Meconetzin, hoping thus to suppress in a measure his ever increasing popularity. Through his daring skill as a warrior he had won the enviable rank of general, and commanded the whole army aside from the imperial guards, over whom Meconetzin ruled. It was the one wish in the heart of Ezcolotl that her son should gain the love of the sweet princess Centeotl, and she daily conjured subtle means of bringing disgrace upon the guileless son of maquey, but he was guided away from every deep-laid snare as if by magic, or the aid of unseen hands. Topiltzin was every inch a chieftain a...
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