Vasili Andreevich, who was wearing two fur-lined coats one over the other, was already in the sledge, his broad back filling nearly its whole rounded width, and taking the reins he immediately touched the horse.
By that time Nikita had put the collar and brass-studded belly-band on Mukhorty and, carrying a light, painted shaft-bow in one hand, was leading the horse with the other up to two sledges that stood in the shed.
The sledge slid along in the midst of a plaintively intense melody.
He remembered that it was the detective who procured the sledge, the only means of reaching Omaha in time; but, checked by some presentiment, he kept his usual reserve.
While each of the party was absorbed in reflections so different, the sledge flew past over the vast carpet of snow.
The only sledge left out of six was not very far behind them, and Pavel's middle horse was failing.
Pavel gave Peter the reins and stepped carefully into the back of the sledge. He called to the groom that they must lighten-- and pointed to the bride.
At night, before I went to sleep, I often found myself in a sledge drawn by three horses, dashing through a country that looked something like Nebraska and something like Virginia.
"My sledge! Do not forget my sledge!" It was the first thing he thought of.
There, in the market-place, some of the boldest of the boys used to tie their sledges to the carts as they passed by, and so they were pulled along, and got a good ride.
Soon after this he inquired if I thought that the breaking up of the ice had destroyed the other sledge. I replied that I could not answer with any degree of certainty, for the ice had not broken until near midnight, and the traveller might have arrived at a place of safety before that time; but of this I could not judge.
He is now much recovered from his illness and is continually on the deck, apparently watching for the sledge that preceded his own.
But in the hut her mother was waiting for her return, and as she grew impatient she said to her husband: 'Get out the horses, old man, to go and fetch her home; but see that you are careful not to upset the sledge
and lose the chest.'
He went towards the mounds, whence came the clank of the chains of sledges
as they slipped down or were dragged up, the rumble of the sliding sledges
, and the sounds of merry voices.
When the sledges
had gone she went up the path in her white dogskin coat.