He wheeled to face an utter stranger--a tall, black-haired, gray-eyed stranger clad in khaki and pith helmet.
the stranger addressed his question to Meriem in a tongue she did not understand.
But he was no sooner started across than he saw a tall stranger coming from the other side.
The mighty blows of the stranger went whistling around Robin's ducking head, while his own swift undercuts were fain to give the other an attack of indigestion.
He girded his sword about his shoulder, bound his sandals on to his comely feet, and took a doughty spear with a point of sharpened bronze; then he went to the threshold of the cloister and said to Euryclea, "Nurse, did you make the stranger
comfortable both as regards bed and board, or did you let him shift for himself?
When they had encountered each other's glance several times in this way, the stranger
, in a harsh, deep voice, broke silence.
The green coat had been a smart dress garment in the days of swallow-tails, but had evidently in those times adorned a much shorter man than the stranger
, for the soiled and faded sleeves scarcely reached to his wrists.
One evening when he was recovering from a long debauch the stranger
came reeling along the main street of the town.
Now," quoth the stranger
, "I will tan thy hide till it be as many colors as a beggar's cloak, if thou darest so much as touch a string of that same bow that thou holdest in thy hands.
I demand the satisfaction due to a gentleman," said the stranger
, who had become more calm.
I soon perceived that although the stranger
uttered articulate sounds and appeared to have a language of her own, she was neither understood by nor herself understood the cottagers.
No," returned the stranger
, "but once and away, and on a Saturday night too.
D'Artagnan made all these remarks with the rapidity of a most minute observer, and doubtless from an instinctive feeling that this stranger
was destined to have a great influence over his future life.
The young man, wishing to spare his employer the pain of this interview, questioned the new-comer; but the stranger
declared that he had nothing to say to M.
sat without stirring, either resting or, as it seemed to Pierre, sunk in profound and calm meditation.