But for her comfort she dreamt the same dream a third time, and betook herself once more to the old witch's hut in the flowery meadow.
Now it happened once that the shepherd came to the country where the shepherdess lived.
It may seem incredible, but a day or two after, Madame Epanchin sent a servant with a note begging him to return, and Colia, without standing on his dignity, did so at once.
But when she had read it herself once more, it suddenly struck her that surely that conceited boy, Colia, had not been the one chosen correspondent of the prince all this while.
He at once relieved the needs of his family, and made good use of it.
When they had spoken the girl upset the pan, and entered the opening in the wall, which at once closed, and appeared the same as before.
He sent at once for the fisherman, and when he came said to him, "Fisherman, bring me four more fish like you have brought already, for an accident has happened to them so that they cannot be served up to the Sultan.
He stepped back, let it fall, and at once bent over her face; she was dead.
He laid the axe on the ground near the dead body and felt at once in her pocket (trying to avoid the streaming body)--the same right-hand pocket from which she had taken the key on his last visit.
He left the chest of drawers, and at once felt under the bedstead, knowing that old women usually keep boxes under their beds.
Well, that was settled; he had lost his portmanteau also; for the sixpence with which he had paid the Murrayfield Toll was one that had strayed alone into his waistcoat pocket, and unless he once more successfully achieved the adventure of the house of crime, his portmanteau lay in the cloakroom in eternal pawn, for lack of a penny fee.
There was no time to be lost; he durst not linger any longer in that public spot; and whether he had recourse to dignity or conciliation, the remedy must be applied at once.
Let us have no more of this,' said he, his foot once more upon the step.
And once I saw the old father rat--an enormous old rat, Cousin Ribby.
All at once he fell head over heels in the dark, down a hole, and landed on a heap of very dirty rags.