Excerpt from West Is West Fall came early to the hills; a fall alien and strange to the desert. Fifty years gone, the year of Valverde and, Glorieta, even such a misty and sunless September came last to the San Quentin country - yes, and strange flowers sprang up overnight, bright-glowing, nameless and unkwn to any man. Ser, I have ridden across this bare desert when the air was drowsy with sweetness; stirrup deep all day in wondrous blossoms, sw-white, blue and purple, golden, fire-red, nameless. - So quavered Don Apolonio, keeper of the well at the gate of the desert. What does the Ser think? Will that wild beauty come again to San Quentin? Have those seeds slept in the blistered earth for fifty years, safe, unimpatient, waiting for this year of many rains? Perhaps. Assuredly, the Ser may buy the sorrel at the price he names, and I will do according to his word for this dark one that he leaves behind. - Red gold, broad pieces - right! Now is Alizan thine. A good horse: but the price is a great price. Deal justly with him, Ser. Ask him t for great speed, for that gift he lacks. A great heart, toughness, courage - these are Alizan's, and he will do you good service. Will t the Ser rest until the morrow before he crosses the plains of San Quentin? He will be welcome. No? The Ser is in haste, perhaps. Food, then? A bit in hand the while: tortillas and jerky in your saddle-bag, for the night camp. There will be water in pools by the wayside. Nay, you are welcome, Ser. Nay, I have more fresh horses in the pasture. Nay, ne will call me to question in the matter of Alizan. I do what I will with mine own. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.