One beautiful November afternoon, in his Junior year, at the sound of the last bell, which usually found him cantering
out of town, he went instead to the school reading-room, and, sitting down calmly, opened his book and slowly read.
At the same instant an empty dog-cart, the horse cantering
, the reins trailing, appeared round the curve of the road and rattled swiftly towards us.
I saw you on Saturday cantering
over the hill on a nag not worthy of you.
There's a company o' gentlemen on horseback, joost cantering
by to what they ca' the shootin' cottage, a mile from this.
When their horses were once more cantering
abreast of each other, he spoke again: "Nature has created this poor girl for sorrow," he said, "as she has created other women for joy.
Many a village Bose, fit only to course a mud-turtle in a victualling cellar, sported his heavy quarters in the woods, without the knowledge of his master, and ineffectually smelled at old fox burrows and woodchucks' holes; led perchance by some slight cur which nimbly threaded the wood, and might still inspire a natural terror in its denizens; -- now far behind his guide, barking like a canine bull toward some small squirrel which had treed itself for scrutiny, then, cantering
off, bending the bushes with his weight, imagining that he is on the track of some stray member of the jerbilla family.
And so here's Rugby, sir, at last, and you'll be in plenty of time for dinner at the School-house, as I telled you," said the old guard, pulling his horn out of its case and tootle-tooing away, while the coachman shook up his horses, and carried them along the side of the school close, round Dead-man's corner, past the school-gates, and down the High Street to the Spread Eagle, the wheelers in a spanking trot, and leaders cantering
, in a style which would not have disgraced "Cherry Bob," "ramping, stamping, tearing, swearing Billy Harwood," or any other of the old coaching heroes.
She whirled away into Piccadilly, nodding with the sweetest of smiles towards Miss Briggs, who hung nodding at the window close under the advertisement-card, and at the next moment was in the park with a half-dozen of dandies cantering
after her carriage.
Through the park railings these glances beheld men and women riding in the Row, couples cantering
past harmoniously, others advancing sedately at a walk, loitering groups of three or four, solitary horsemen looking unsociable, and solitary women followed at a long distance by a groom with a cockade to his hat and a leather belt over his tight-fitting coat.