Little Jimmie was striving to stanch the flow of blood from his cut lips.
He swore luridly, for he felt that it was degradation for one who aimed to be some vague soldier, or a man of blood with a sort of sublime license, to be taken home by a father.
I will see now whether he will be blooded or no." He then immediately went upstairs, and flinging open the door of the chamber with much violence, awaked poor Jones from a very sound nap, into which he was fallen, and, what was still worse, from a delicious dream concerning Sophia.
"Will you be blooded or no?" cries the doctor, in a rage.
Sleep is not always good, no more than food; but remember, I demand of you for the last time, will you be blooded?"--"I answer you for the last time," said Jones, "I will not."--"Then I wash my hands of you," cries the doctor; "and I desire you to pay me for the trouble I have had already.
"This is no little matter," he said, "to be washed away with the blood of one or two and be forgotten.
We have come, O king, we have come from the caves and the rocks and the swamps, To wash in the blood of the slain; We have gathered our host from the air as vultures are gathered in war.
Wizards have dared to smite blood upon the gateways of the king.
Stand back from the trench and withdraw your sword that I may drink of the blood and answer your questions truly.'
"So I drew back, and sheathed my sword, whereon when he had drank of the blood he began with his prophecy.
"'This,' I answered, 'must be as it may please heaven, but tell me and tell me and tell me true, I see my poor mother's ghost close by us; she is sitting by the blood without saying a word, and though I am her own son she does not remember me and speak to me; tell me, Sir, how I can make her know me.'
"Blood is good, the red blood is bright; there is no smell like the smell of new-shed blood.
I have seen much blood; /ha, ha!/ but I shall see more ere I die, and be merry.
Ye come for bright stones; I know it--I know it; ye shall find them when the blood is dry; but shall ye return whence ye came, or shall ye stop with me?
I had resolved to let myself blood
, though I was altogether a stranger to the manner of doing it, and had no lancet, but my companions hearing of a surgeon of reputation in the place, went and brought him.