Their numbers amounted to ten men, of whom the two who rode foremost seemed to be persons of considerable importance, and the others their attendants. It was not difficult to ascertain the condition and character of one of these personages.
These two squires were followed by two attendants, whose dark visages, white turbans, and the Oriental form of their garments, showed them to be natives of some distant Eastern country.*
They were soon engaged in quest of apartments; but the greatest confusion immediately ensued among the masters, and violent quarrels among their attendants. In the midst of this disorder, the Comte de Guiche fancied he recognized Manicamp.
During this discussion the night had closed in, and the torches, pages, attendants, squires, horses, and carriages, blocked up the gate and the open place; the torches were reflected in the channel, which the rising tide was gradually filling, while on the other side of the jetty might be noticed groups of curious lookers-on, consisting of sailors and townspeople, who seemed anxious to miss nothing of the spectacle.
All the ladies of the court, with their attendants
, and all the cavaliers, with their gentlemen and gentlemen's gentlemen, stood round; and the nearer they stood to the door, the prouder they looked.
In vain he described the bird to his attendants
, who rushed at his first call; in vain they sought the wonderful creature both on horse and foot, and summoned the fowlers to their aid: the bird could nowhere be found.
All at once that shifty look came into his eyes which we always see when a madman has seized an idea, and with it the shifty movement of the head and back which asylum attendants
come to know so well.
Through the windows of the saloon the station-master could see the train attendant
bending over this mysterious passenger, who did not seem, as yet, to have made any preparations for leaving his place.
They now entered the great hall of the palace, where they met a gaily dressed attendant
, from whom the Keeper of the Wicket inquired if the King were at leisure.
The seats were arranged in tiers, and just as Philip entered an attendant
came in, put a glass of water on the table in the well of the lecture-room and then brought in a pelvis and two thigh-bones, right and left.
On the box beside the driver sat a venerable old attendant
. A doctor and two soldiers followed the carriage in a cart.
Father Sergius noticed that the merchant seemed to be acting roughly, and in a feeble voice told the attendant
that the people should not be driven away.