The horses stopped to breathe again, and the guard
got down to skid the wheel for the descent, and open the coach-door to let the passengers in.
Tom stands up on the coach and looks back at his father's figure as long as he can see it; and then the guard
, having disposed of his luggage, comes to an anchor, and finishes his buttonings and other preparations for facing the three hours before dawn--no joke for those who minded cold, on a fast coach in November, in the reign of his late Majesty.
Through this we passed into an enclosure beneath the seats, where we found a number of other prisoners herded together under guard
. Some of them were in irons, but for the most part they seemed sufficiently awed by the presence of their guards
to preclude any possibility of attempted escape.
I cannot tell, for there was ne'er a trace Of pick or mattock--hard unbroken ground, Without a scratch or rut of chariot wheels, No sign that human hands had been at work.
"How far did you wish to go, sir?" the guard
"The ten men who guarded
the tribe were set to work making a wall of stones across the narrow part of the valley.
'As the guard
spoke, there all at once appeared, right in front of my uncle, a young gentleman in a powdered wig, and a sky- blue coat trimmed with silver, made very full and broad in the skirts, which were lined with buckram.
Cornelius counted the steps which led to the Esplanade, regretting that he had not asked the guard
how many there were of them, which the man, in his official complaisance, would not have failed to tell him.
When we asked our guide why we were quartered so far from the guardroom he replied that the custom of the older members of the guard
of picking quarrels with aspirants to try their metal had resulted in so many deaths that it was found difficult to maintain the guard
at its full strength while this custom prevailed.
"Don't they call you so, you liar?" said the guard
In truth, that the red simar which occupied the wonted place was his no longer, was still more strikingly obvious from the isolation which seemed, as we have observed, more appropriate to a phantom than a living creature -- from the corridors deserted by courtiers, and courts crowded with guards
-- from that spirit of bitter ridicule, which, arising from the streets below, penetrated through the very casements of the room, which resounded with the murmurs of a whole city leagued against the minister; as well as from the distant and incessant sounds of guns firing -- let off, happily, without other end or aim, except to show to the guards
, the Swiss troops and the military who surrounded the Palais Royal, that the people were possessed of arms.
"I have been told that you are ambitious of uniting your guards
with my musketeers.
"Take them away," she commanded the guard
, "and at six o'clock run them through the meat chopper and start the soup kettle boiling.
"Countess Vronskaya is in that compartment," said the smart guard
, going up to Vronsky.
"There is no other passenger, for instance, travelling in the guard