"Thou beast without bowels of mercy, why leave me my child, yet rob me of the wherewithal
to feed it?"
"Senor," replied the youth, "in this bundle I carry velvet pantaloons to match this jacket; if I wear them out on the road, I shall not be able to make a decent appearance in them in the city, and I have not the wherewithal
to buy others; and so for this reason, as well as to keep myself cool, I am making my way in this fashion to overtake some companies of infantry that are not twelve leagues off, in which I shall enlist, and there will be no want of baggage trains to travel with after that to the place of embarkation, which they say will be Carthagena; I would rather have the King for a master, and serve him in the wars, than serve a court pauper."
"No, sir; but it wants electricity to make it move, and the wherewithal
to make the electricity--sodium to feed the elements, coal from which to get the sodium, and a coal-mine to supply the coal.
"When one thinks," said Caderousse, letting his hand drop on the paper, "there is here wherewithal
to kill a man more sure than if we waited at the corner of a wood to assassinate him!
Having received wherewithal
to allay his hunger, he disappeared, but in the course of a day or two returned to the camp, bringing with him his son, a miserable boy, still more naked and forlorn than himself.