The women and children had seated themselves in a wide circle about the victims while the warriors, hideously painted, were forming slowly to commence the dance of death.
Presently Numabo would draw first blood with his sharp spear which would be the signal for the beginning of the torture after a little of which the fagots would be lighted around the feet of the victims.
The walls of this strange room gave the patient nothing to lay hold of, because, apart from the solid decorative object, they were simply furnished with mirrors, thick enough to withstand any onslaught of the victim
, who was flung into the chamber empty-handed and barefoot.
In the semi-obscurity they saw the victim
, quite senseless, stretched out beside her husband's body.
But as soon as the mule was near enough to the pillory to allow of its rider recognizing the victim
, the priest dropped his eyes, beat a hasty retreat, spurred on rigorously, as though in haste to rid himself of humiliating appeals, and not at all desirous of being saluted and recognized by a poor fellow in such a predicament.
The danger of drawing some others of the hunters to the spot, by repeated firing, was deemed a sufficient reason for not again resorting to the rifle, after it had performed the important duty of disabling the victim
He listened intently for some slight sound which might lead him to the victim
he sought, or warn him from the apartment of the girl or that of von Horn--his business was with Professor Maxon.
If I took her to the Rectory, she would grow angry with us all, and fly, I know she would; and might fall into that horrid Rawdon's clutches again, and be the victim
of that little viper of a Sharp.
Who began it, or how fair it was, or how unfair, may be doubtful; but how it ended, is certainly not doubtful, for the victim
was found throttled.
At the opposite end of the lists was a pile of faggots, so arranged around a stake, deeply fixed in the ground, as to leave a space for the victim
whom they were destined to consume, to enter within the fatal circle, in order to be chained to the stake by the fetters which hung ready for that purpose.
They intended to hold this club over him--the price of an avowal on their part that the count was but the victim
of the plot of enemies who wished to besmirch his name was to have been the papers they seek.
We begin by wounding the victim
, and then we kill it, that the sight of our cruelty may no longer put us to the blush.