Somehow, now that I had once crossed the threshold of this house, and once was brought face to face with its owners, I felt no longer outcast, vagrant
, and disowned by the wide world.
One fellow would demand a dollar an hour for the use of his donkey; another claimed half a dollar for pricking him up, another a quarter for helping in that service, and about fourteen guides presented bills for showing us the way through the town and its environs; and every vagrant
of them was more vociferous, and more vehement and more frantic in gesture than his neighbor.
One told how he had taken a life, another had taken two, a third had set a house on fire, while another had simply been a vagrant
and had done nothing.
Poor Rosamond's vagrant
fancy had come back terribly scourged--meek enough to nestle under the old despised shelter.
Then, sniffing each vagrant
zephyr, Sheeta, the panther, crept cautiously forward, nor had he advanced any considerable distance before his keen nostrils were rewarded with the scent of man--a Tarmangani.
As he came closer to Sheeta he became aware that the panther on his part was stalking game of his own, and even as he realized this fact there came to his nostrils, wafted from his right by a vagrant
breeze, the strong odour of a company of great apes.
But when one of the vagrant
impulses of fear, common in that age of perpetual insecurity, moved within me, I was struck with my own loneliness.
Once, when the ketch, swerved by some vagrant
current, came close to the break of the shore-surf, the blacks on board drew toward one another in apprehension akin to that of startled sheep in a fold when a wild woods marauder howls outside.
Then, too, she loved nature, and with generous imagination he changed the scene of their reading - sometimes they read in closed-in valleys with precipitous walls, or in high mountain meadows, and, again, down by the gray sand-dunes with a wreath of billows at their feet, or afar on some volcanic tropic isle where waterfalls descended and became mist, reaching the sea in vapor veils that swayed and shivered to every vagrant
wisp of wind.
Unable to give any account of himself he was arrested as a vagrant
and sentenced to imprisonment in the Infants' Sheltering Home--where he was washed.
Over the surface of this second desert the ghostly white figures of vagrant
ducks gleamed at intervals in the mystic light.
Hence the houses of this district, having had a thousand dwellers, should have a thousand tales to tell, mostly dull ones, no doubt; but it would be strange if there could not be found a ghost or two in the wake of all these vagrant