A very merry lunch it was, for everything seemed fresh and funny, and frequent peals of laughter startled a venerable horse
who fed near by.
My mother and an old riding horse
of our master's were also standing near, and seemed to know all about it.
Billy the Mule stumped off with the swaggering limp of an old campaigner, as the troop-horse
's head came nuzzling into my breast, and I gave him biscuits, while Vixen, who is a most conceited little dog, told him fibs about the scores of horses
that she and I kept.
D'Artagnan threw the dice with a trembling hand, and turned up the number three; his paleness terrified Athos, who, however, consented himself with saying, "That's a sad throw, comrade; you will have the horses
fully equipped, monsieur.
Gentlemen," continued the baroness, "among the ten horses
in the stables of Baron Danglars, are two that belong exclusively to me -- a pair of the handsomest and most spirited creatures to be found in Paris.
At the end of another two hours the horses
had gone twelve leagues without stopping; their legs began to tremble, and the foam they shed whitened the doublets of their masters.
Their lodges were scattered in every direction, and their horses
covered every hill for a great distance round, grazing upon the upland bunch grass which grew in great abundance, and though dry, retained its nutritious properties instead of losing them like other grasses in the autumn.
Nestor took the reins in his hands and lashed the horses
on; they were soon close up with Hector, and the son of Tydeus aimed a spear at him as he was charging full speed towards them.
Some of the warriors ran for the horses
to gather and drive them in from the prairie, some for their weapons.
The white horse
was still galloping in the direction of the Loire, at the extremity of which, melting into the vapors of the water, a little sail appeared, wave-balanced like a water-butterfly.
Rostov was horrified to hear later that of all that mass of huge and handsome men, of all those brilliant, rich youths, officers and cadets, who had galloped past him on their thousand-ruble horses
, only eighteen were left after the charge.
Costume, at a glance, gave him a thrilling association with horses
(enough to specify the hat-brim which took the slightest upward angle just to escape the suspicion of bending downwards), and nature had given him a face which by dint of Mongolian eyes, and a nose, mouth, and chin seeming to follow his hat-brim in a moderate inclination upwards, gave the effect of a subdued unchangeable sceptical smile, of all expressions the most tyrannous over a susceptible mind, and, when accompanied by adequate silence, likely to create the reputation of an invincible understanding, an infinite fund of humor-- too dry to flow, and probably in a state of immovable crust,-- and a critical judgment which, if you could ever be fortunate enough to know it, would be