Count Konrad found that his father, whose serious illness was the cause of his return, had been dead
for months past, and the young man wandered about the castle which, during the past few years, he
had beheld only in dreams by night and in the desert mirages by day, sad-dened because of his loss.
He would return to the Holy Land, he said to himself, and let the castle be looked after by its
custodian until the war with the heathen was ended.
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