Cheese-Face wanted to demur, - Martin could see that, - but Cheese- Face's old perilous pride was touched before the two gangs.
But no one stopped it, and he was glad, punching on wearily and endlessly with his one arm, battering away at a bloody something before him that was not a face but a horror, an oscillating, hideous, gibbering, nameless thing that persisted before his wavering vision and would not go away.
The purport was, that, at some future day, a child should be born hereabouts, who was destined to become the greatest and noblest personage of his time, and whose countenance, in manhood, should bear an exact resemblance to the Great Stone Face. Not a few old-fashioned people, and young ones likewise, in the ardor of their hopes, still cherished an enduring faith in this old prophecy.
It was always in his mind, whenever he looked upon the Great Stone Face. He spent his childhood in the log-cottage where he was born, and was dutiful to his mother, and helpful to her in many things, assisting her much with his little hands, and more with his loving heart.
"Why did you dye that wonderful chestnut hair?" I asked her presently--and was sorry next minute for the pain that shot across her face, but I just wanted to hint at what I designed not to reveal fully till later on, and thus to hint too that it was not as one of the number of her defilers that I had sought her.
I described to her the solitary moorland road, and the grey-gowned woman's figure in front of me, and the gig coming along to meet her, and the salutation of the two girls, and I told her all one look of her face had meant for me, and how I had wildly sought her in vain, and from that day to this had held her image in my heart.
"He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face."
Hooper had ascended the stairs, and showed himself in the pulpit, face to face with his congregation, except for the black veil.
"Shut up!" I said, turning on him sharply, for I had seen danger in Montgomery's white face
. With that I brought the downpour on myself.
I have heard that the first thing she expressed a wish to see was the christening robe, and she looked long at it and then turned her face
to the wall.
It may have been the apprehensiveness of love, the wish to meet his need for her sympathy, and the desire to see the Game face
for wisdom's sake,--and it may have been the clarion call of adventure ringing through the narrow confines of uneventful existence; for a great daring thrilled through her, and she said, just as simply, "I will."
Before he left he carried the body of Mirando to the gate of the village, and propped it up against the palisade in such a way that the dead face
seemed to be peering around the edge of the gatepost down the path which led to the jungle.
But Meg looked straight up in her husband's eyes, and said, "I will!" with such tender trust in her own face
and voice that her mother's heart rejoiced and Aunt March sniffed audibly.
In fact, one of them offered her a gourd of milk--a filthy, smoke-begrimed gourd, with the ancient rind of long-curdled milk caked in layers within its neck; but the spirit of the giver touched her deeply, and her face
lightened for a moment with one of those almost forgotten smiles of radiance that had helped to make her beauty famous both in Baltimore and London.
"Excuse me, princess," he said, smiling courteously but looking her very firmly in the face
, "but I see that Anna's not very well, and I wish her to come home with me."