Methought there was another here, but it must have been this holy man talking to himself."
But no sooner had the last word been sung than the holy man seized his steel cap, clapped it on his head, and springing to his feet, cried in a great voice, "What spy have we here?
The priests knew what had happened, and the people guessed; but India is the one place in the world where a man can do as he pleases and nobody asks why; and the fact that Dewan Sir Purun Dass, K.C.I.E., had resigned position, palace, and power, and taken up the begging-bowl and ochre-coloured dress of a Sunnyasi, or holy man, was considered nothing extraordinary.
When he met Purun Bhagat's eyes--the eyes of a man used to control thousands--he bowed to the earth, took the begging-bowl without a word, and returned to the village, saying, "We have at last a holy man. Never have I seen such a man.
That holy man
and I were one, Beyond the bounds that words can trace: The very flowers were still as we.
Everything looked gay and smiling; but the holy man walked gloomily on, with his eyes bent upon the ground.
'The sisters saluted the holy man with becoming reverence, and the eldest motioned him to a mossy seat beside them.
"O shrieve me, shrieve me, holy man
!" The Hermit crossed his brow.
a visage, joined to the brawny form of the holy man
, spoke rather of sirloins and haunches, than of pease and pulse.
How could you bring a fresh pang to this holy man
, who hath endured so much and hath journeyed as far as Christ's own blessed tomb?"
I am now that holy man
's disciple; and we go a pilgrimage together - to Benares, he says.
"He is a holy man
!" replied Porthos, in a tone almost nasal, and with his eyes raised towards heaven.