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He ' ll swing , I ' ll lay you a — " From far above us came a shout , then a confused
noise of voices . The moon began to get up . ; above the cutting the clouds had a
fringe of sudden silver . A horseman , cloaked and muffled to the ears , trotted ...
The horseman gave an incredulous whistle , and then began to shout , his voice
winding mournfully uphill , “ Hallo ! Hallo - o - o . " An echo stole back , “ Hallo !
Halloo o " ; then a number of voices . The horse stood , drooping its head , and
I felt hands fumbling with a knot at the back of my head . “ You ' re all right , ” he
said again . The hubbub of voices ceased suddenly . “ Now , lads , bring ' em
along . " A voice I knew said their watchword , “ Snuff and enough , loudly , and
Oh , that ' s all right , " the voice said in a whisper . “ Mum , now ! ... My voice came
back in an echo , despairingly . Suddenly I was ... We made a few paces down
the road ; the pitiful voices of the runners crying for help came plainly to my ears .
... arrival of the runners and of my capture . I gathered this long afterwards . At that
moment I was conscious only of the motion of the horse beneath me , of intense
weariness , and of the voice of Ralph , who was lamenting his own cowardice .
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“And on this ghostly sigh, on this breath, with the feeble click of beads in the nun’s hands, a silence fell upon the room, vast as the stillness of a world of unknown faiths, loves, beliefs, of ... Read full review