A momentary joy was diffused through the camp, for they supposed succor
to be at hand.
"To the point, sir," said the queen, "to the point, and answer me, yes or no; if the king persists in remaining in England will you send him succor
? If he comes to France will you accord him hospitality?
Can you leave them, gentlemen, without at least rendering them the passive succor
which remaining here a few days longer might insure them?"
Then he resumed his watch for the friendly prahu, or smaller sampan which he knew time would eventually bring from up or down the river to his rescue, for who of the surrounding natives would dare refuse succor
to the powerful Rajah of Sakkan!
Quasimodo who did not hear, saw the naked swords, the torches, the irons of the pikes, all that cavalry, at the head of which he recognized Captain Phoebus; he beheld the confusion of the outcasts, the terror of some, the disturbance among the bravest of them, and from this unexpected succor
he recovered so much strength, that he hurled from the church the first assailants who were already climbing into the gallery.
This letter told Buckingham that the city was at an extremity; but instead of adding, "If your succor
does not arrive within fifteen days, we will surrender," it added, quite simply, "If your succor
comes not within fifteen days, we shall all be dead with hunger when it comes."
Those were the knightly days of our profession, when we only bore arms to succor
the distressed, and not to fill men's lamp-feeders.