This was done by means of the "Returns
", a poem in five books ascribed to Agias or Hegias of Troezen, which begins where the "Sack of Troy" ends.
This was a new one on them, and so being stupid brutes they took me to their masters whom they felt would be better fitted to solve the riddle of my return, for riddle they still considered it.
If they thought that I was so satisfied with my lot within Phutra that I would voluntarily return when I had once had so excellent an opportunity to escape, they would never for an instant imagine that I could be occupied in arranging another escape immediately upon my return to the city.
Fernand departed with the rest, bearing with him the terrible thought that while he was away, his rival would perhaps return and marry Mercedes.
Should Dantes not return, Mercedes might one day be his.
The party who had been sent with the canoes returned on the following day, weary and dejected.
Reed returned, and were hailed with the most anxious eagerness.
The coach which had brought the young lady and her maid, and which, perhaps, the reader may have hitherto concluded was her own, was, indeed, a returned coach belonging to Mr King, of Bath, one of the worthiest and honestest men that ever dealt in horse-flesh, and whose coaches we heartily recommend to all our readers who travel that road.
This was not however the case at present; for after a long fruitless search, Mr Fitzpatrick returned to the kitchen, where, as if this had been a real chace, entered a gentleman hallowing as hunters do when the hounds are at a fault.
With mighty blows the man buffeted the beasts to right and left, but ever they returned
in bestial rage to renew the encounter.
'I don't mind it much,' returned
Young Blight, heaving a sigh, as if its bitterness were past.
'Good or bad, sir, I am,' returned
the other, leaning his arm upon the chimney-piece, and turning a haughty look upon the occupant of the easy-chair, 'the man I used to be.
'Don't mind me,' returned
James; 'but take care when his wife is by, you know.'
It didn't strike him,' returned
the other, 'so we needn't discuss it.
"Thank you, sir, I am sure," returns
the stationer with his cough of deference.