Beth and Amy woke to rummage and find their little books also, one dove-colored, the other blue, and all sat looking at and talking about them, while the east grew rosy with the coming day.
The boy and his mother saw the cat creep into the door of the bakery and presently
emerge followed by the baker, who swore and waved his arms about.
a man with a lantern approached them and began to talk, shouting and exclaiming.
The first tap of the French drums was echoed from the bosom of the fort, and presently
the valley was filled with the strains of martial music, rising long, thrilling and lively above the rattling accompaniment.
But the news of its sudden fortune, magnified by report, began presently
to flood the settlement with another class of adventurers.
Let me say here distinctly, to have done with it, that this narrative, from an exact transcript of my own made much later, is what I shall presently
there was a distant blare of military music; it came nearer, still nearer, and soon a noble cavalcade wound into view, glorious with plumed helmets and flashing mail and flaunting banners and rich doublets and horse-cloths and gilded spear- heads; and through the muck and swine, and naked brats, and joyous dogs, and shabby huts, it took its gallant way, and in its wake we followed.
The fatigue was so great that it presently
began to make some head against the nervous excitement; while imagining myself wide awake, I would really doze into momentary unconsciousness, and come suddenly out of it with a physical jerk which nearly wrenched my joints apart--the delusion of the instant being that I was tumbling backward over a precipice.
got safely beyond the reach of capture and punishment, and hastened toward the public square of the village, where two "military" companies of boys had met for conflict, according to previous appointment.
he added: "Dunstan was the man that robbed Silas Marner.
Yet when they saw it was a man that rushed upon them, they were seized with sudden fear and fled this way and that, leaping by great bounds from the place of rock, which is the knees of the stone Witch, so that presently
I stood alone in front of the cave.
There was an air of expectancy about her walk, as though she looked to be met presently
by some one due from the opposite direction.