Don Quixote said that even if it reached to the bottomless pit he meant to see where it went to; so they bought about a hundred fathoms of rope, and next day at two in the afternoon they arrived at the cave, the mouth of which is spacious and wide, but full of thorn and wild-fig bushes and brambles and briars, so thick and matted
that they completely close it up and cover it over.
He had let his beard grow, also his hair, which was tangled and matted
, and his face was neglected, so that nothing might be wanting to represent the awful truth.
When they came close to the shore they saw an emaciated creature with scant white locks tangled and matted
It was in this costume, and bringing back to Jacopo the shirt and trousers he had lent him, that Edmond reappeared before the captain of the lugger, who had made him tell his story over and over again before he could believe him, or recognize in the neat and trim sailor the man with thick and matted
beard, hair tangled with seaweed, and body soaking in seabrine, whom he had picked up naked and nearly drowned.
The army, helpless in the matted
thickets and blinded by the over- hanging night, was going to be swallowed.
They advanced, and Athos, who was the first to enter, gazed a moment in silence on that pale and noble face, framed in its long and now untidy, matted
hair, the blue veins showing through the transparent temples, his eyes seemingly swollen by tears.