No violence, however, had as yet been committed; and the file of horsemen who were guarding the approaches of the Buytenhof remained cool, unmoved, silent, much more threatening in their impassibility than all this crowd of burghers, with their cries, their agitation, and their threats.
The burghers shook their muskets, repeating their cry, --
"And do you know, sir, that we have muskets?" roared the commandant of the burghers.
"Death to the traitors!" cried the exasperated burghers.
This troop, the only defence of the prison, overawed by its firm attitude not only the disorderly riotous mass of the populace, but also the detachment of the burgher guard, which, being placed opposite the Buytenhof to support the soldiers in keeping order, gave to the rioters the example of seditious cries, shouting, --
-- here was a sight for the honest burghers of Vondervotteimittiss!
To speak plainly, the fellow had, in spite of his grinning, an audacious and sinister kind of face; and as he curvetted right into the village, the old stumpy appearance of his pumps excited no little suspicion; and many a burgher who beheld him that day would have given a trifle for a peep beneath the white cambric handkerchief which hung so obtrusively from the pocket of his swallow-tailed coat.
I bid thee in these burghers
' name, And prowl no longer round me to blockade My destined harbor.
Andrew's was a large square crowded with priests, soldiers, women, friars, and burghers
, who made it their common centre for sight-seeing and gossip.
Some one of the worthy burghers
now spoke of the dreadful pestilence that had raged in the country a few years back, meaning that of 1484.
And that union, to attain which the burghers
of the Middle Ages, with their miserable highways, required centuries, the modern proletarians, thanks to railways, achieve in a few years.
As many of the burghers
had brought spades with them, supposing that they might possibly be called upon to disinter a corpse, the drain was easily and speedily effected; and no sooner was the bottom visible, than right in the middle of the mud that remained was discovered a black silk velvet waistcoat, which nearly every one present immediately recognized as the property of Mr.
But now all the benches were filled with guests, lord and lady, burgher
and dame, when at last the Sheriff himself came with his lady, he riding with stately mien upon his milk-white horse and she upon her brown filly.
Nay, pardon, my good Lord, It is but meet that I should wait on you Who have so honoured my poor burgher
's house, Drunk of my wine, and broken bread, and made Yourself a sweet familiar.
Rostopchin's broadsheets, headed by woodcuts of a drink shop, a potman, and a Moscow burgher
called Karpushka Chigirin, "who- having been a militiaman and having had rather too much at the pub- heard that Napoleon wished to come to Moscow, grew angry, abused the French in very bad language, came out of the drink shop, and, under the sign of the eagle, began to address the assembled people," were read and discussed, together with the latest of Vasili Lvovich Pushkin's bouts rimes.