I knew that my only hope lay in escape from the city of Zodanga, for the matter of the four dead guardsmen
would have to be explained, and as I could never reach my original post without a guide, suspicion would surely rest on me so soon as I was discovered wandering aimlessly through the palace.
Perfectly just," cried the other two Guardsmen
, "the judgment of King Solomon
There was a group of shabbily dressed men smoking and laughing in a corner, a scissors-grinder with his wheel, two guardsmen
who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and several well-dressed young men who were lounging up and down with cigars in their mouths.
The scraping of the scabbard against its holder as I withdrew it sounded like the filing of cast iron with a great rasp, and I looked to see the room immediately filled with alarmed and attacking guardsmen
I saw that none of the guardsmen
had been of the party that accompanied Thurid and Matai Shang; and so, relying entirely upon my disguise, I walked boldly through the gateway and up to the thern guard.
In answer to her call a dozen guardsmen
came racing across the scarlet sward, their gleaming long-swords naked in the sun, the metal of their accoutrements clanking against that of their leathern harness, and in their throats hoarse shouts of rage at the sight which met their eyes.
She differed from the others in no feature that was appreciable to my earthly eyes, in fact all Mahars look alike to me: but when she crossed the arena after the balance of her female subjects had found their bowlders, she was preceded by a score of huge Sagoths, the largest I ever had seen, and on either side of her waddled a huge thipdar, while behind came another score of Sagoth guardsmen
The other guardsmen
, as though suffering in sympathy the madness of their prince, ran forward screaming and brandishing their sabers.
Scarce had he passed a certain one of these rigid guardsmen
before the fellow awoke to sudden life, bounded across the avenue, entered a narrow opening in the outer wall where he swiftly followed a corridor built within the wall itself until presently he emerged a little distance ahead of Turan, where he assumed the stiff and silent attitude of a soldier upon guard.
You mind last year when he came down to Malwood, with his inner marshal and his outer marshal, his justiciar, his seneschal, and his four and twenty guardsmen
His cries had been heard, and suddenly the door burst open, and a score of armed guardsmen
rushed into the apartment.
He wore his own dark hair, and was accoutred in a riding dress, which together with his large boots (resembling in shape and fashion those worn by our Life Guardsmen
at the present day), showed indisputable traces of the bad condition of the roads.