About two years before the time of which I am now writing, and about a year and a half before the time of his death, the Colonel
came unexpectedly to my lady's house in London.
, after ascertaining where the slave belonged, rode on; the man also went on about his business, not dreaming that he had been conversing with his master.
From time to time she gave a sigh, and that sigh, which had all the semblance of sensibilities, made the unhappy colonel
tremble with hope.
Desiree had set her price at one hundred and fifty francs, after abating the fifty mentioned, and Colonel
Silky had early made up his mind to give only one hundred.
Perhaps it would be better, sir, to send the men away," said he to the colonel
, for he was a much privileged subaltern.
Not improbably he was the best workman of his time; or, perhaps, the Colonel
thought it expedient, or was impelled by some better feeling, thus openly to cast aside all animosity against the race of his fallen antagonist.
I don't myself know 'to who,'" replied the cornet in a serious tone, "but the prince told me to 'go and tell the colonel
that the hussars must return quickly and fire the bridge.
Nor would Mahbub Ali's tone have changed, as it did every time he mentioned the Colonel
's name, if the Colonel
had been a fool.
But if there should by any chance happen to be a woman who is single at seven and twenty, I should not think Colonel
Brandon's being thirty-five any objection to his marrying HER.
And as the French say of the Duke of Wellington, who never suffered a defeat, that only an astonishing series of lucky accidents enabled him to be an invariable winner; yet even they allow that he cheated at Waterloo, and was enabled to win the last great trick: so it was hinted at headquarters in England that some foul play must have taken place in order to account for the continuous successes of Colonel
, bidden to hear the jarring noises of an engagement in the woods to the left, broke out in vague damnations.
The latter was Colonel
Ross, the well-known sportsman; the other, Inspector Gregory, a man who was rapidly making his name in the English detective service.
He was a colonel
, I was to learn later, and to him I owe the very humane treatment that was accorded me while I remained his prisoner.
Several passengers had got off at Green River, and were walking up and down the platforms; and among these Aouda recognised Colonel
Stamp Proctor, the same who had so grossly insulted Phileas Fogg at the San Francisco meeting.
In the courtyard the first objects that met Vronsky's eyes were a band of singers in white linen coats, standing near a barrel of vodka, and the robust, good-humored figure of the colonel
surrounded by officers.