Quiet and Calm

Incense Pirate

“Now the governor of Algiers in those days was a terrible old fellow, one Hassan Pasha, who did not hesitate, as a rule, to hang, impale or mutilate any who were unfortunate enough to be his prisoners. It was to the feet of this monster that Cervantes found himself dragged. But he stood before him holding his head so high, so utterly quiet and calm, that the tyrant was overawed by his astounding¬† fearlessness and did nothing more terrible than utter some hideous threats.”

— Illustration by Donn P. Crane for “A Spanish Hero” in My Book House: The Halls of Fame (1937)

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