No sooner had the clock ceased striking, however, than they rushed, or rather rolled in, all together -- for the impediments of their chains caused most of the party to fall, and all to stumble as they entered.
The eight corpses swung in their chains, a fetid, blackened, hideous, and indistinguishable mass.
The other guards stood thunderstruck and amazed at this unexpected event, but recovering presence of mind, those on horseback seized their swords, and those on foot their javelins, and attacked Don Quixote, who was waiting for them with great calmness; and no doubt it would have gone badly with him if the galley slaves, seeing the chance before them of liberating themselves, had not effected it by contriving to break the chain on which they were strung.
What your worship may do, and fairly do, is to change this service and tribute as regards the lady Dulcinea del Toboso for a certain quantity of ave-marias and credos which we will say for your worship's intention, and this is a condition that can be complied with by night as by day, running or resting, in peace or in war; but to imagine that we are going now to return to the flesh-pots of Egypt, I mean to take up our chain and set out for El Toboso, is to imagine that it is now night, though it is not yet ten in the morning, and to ask this of us is like asking pears of the elm tree.
With that the bird let fall the gold chain
, and it fell just round the man's neck, so that it fitted him exactly.
Leaning over me was Carthoris, a great bruise upon his forehead where the chain
had struck, but alive, thank God, alive
When he strove to retaliate on Johnny, that imperturbable youth, with extended arm, merely lifted him into the air on his chain
and strangled him.
First they removed all his weapons and then, snapping a fetter about one of the rykor's ankles, secured him to the end of one of the chains
hanging from the walls.
With this thing which I have stolen, I will unlock these locks and cast off these chains
Again the spectre raised a cry, and shook its chain
and wrung its shadowy hands.
A huge cellar had been constructed there, closed by an old iron grating, which was out of order, into which were cast not only the human remains, which were taken from the chains
of Montfauçon, but also the bodies of all the unfortunates executed on the other permanent gibbets of Paris.
This time she did not take him to a splendid palace, but to a deep cave in a rock, where there were chains
hanging from the wall.