EARLY the next morning the starboard watch were mustered
upon the quarter-deck, and our worthy captain, standing in the cabin gangway, harangued us as follows:--
I had mustered
all hands and was exercising candles, when you hove in sight; but when the women heard your bells they started an end, as if they were riding the boat swain’s colt; and if-so-be there is that man in the house who can bring up a parcel of women when they have got headway on them, until they’ve run out the end of their rope, his name is not Benjamin Pump.
Madame Olenska's own dwelling was redeemed from the same appearance only by a little more paint about the window-frames; and as Archer mustered
its modest front he said to himself that the Polish Count must have robbed her of her fortune as well as of her illusions.
Presently I mustered
the courage to return to the window, for even though she spurned me I loved her, and could not keep my eyes from feasting upon her divine face and figure, but when she saw me looking she again turned away.
Transform those houris into dusky hags and ragged savages, and replace their rounded forms with shrunken and knotted distortions, their soft hands with scarred and hideous deformities, and the persuasive music of their voices with the discordant din of a hated language, and then see how much lingering reluctance to leave could be mustered
All the rest was open ground; that is to say, it would have been open had it not been filled by company after company of warriors, who were mustered
there to the number of seven or eight thousand.
And out from the fields around, glitter the faint lights of more distant camps, as here some great lord's followers lie mustered
, and there false John's French mercenaries hover like crouching wolves without the town.