For days he lay helpless with fever, while Akut and the apes hunted close by
that they might protect him from such birds and beasts as might reach his lofty retreat.
Dian told me that the fellow who had stolen her had come upon her from behind while the roaring of the thag had drowned all other noises, and that the first she had known he had disarmed her and thrown her to the back of his lidi, which had been lying down close by
waiting for him.
The sixth form stood close by
the door on the left, some thirty in number, mostly great big grown men, as Tom thought, surveying them from a distance with awe; the fifth form behind them, twice their number, and not quite so big.