But the twelve-year-old lad who stole in and cautiously stepped over the sleepers and threaded his way among the captives
, did so with his heart in his mouth.
During the whole of the foregoing scene, it would have been difficult to have traced a single distinct emotion in the lineaments of the captive.
The captive awaited a moment, for the commotion to subside, and then turning again to Le Balafre, he continued, in tones conciliating and kind, as if he felt the propriety of softening his refusal, in a manner not to wound the pride of one who would so gladly be his benefactor--
They led the captives into a house at the farthest side of the cave--a house somewhat wider than the others.
The Scoodlers led the captives away and shut them up in one of the houses, leaving only a single Scoodler to keep guard.
There has been no opportunity for that," replied the captive, "since she left Algiers, her native country and home; and up to the present she has not found herself in any such imminent danger of death as to make it necessary to baptise her before she has been instructed in all the ceremonies our holy mother Church ordains; but, please God, ere long she shall be baptised with the solemnity befitting her which is higher than her dress or mine indicates.
By these words he excited a desire in all who heard him, to know who the Moorish lady and the captive were, but no one liked to ask just then, seeing that it was a fitter moment for helping them to rest themselves than for questioning them about their lives.
To all this the captive made no reply; but was content to preserve an attitude in which dignity was singularly blended with disdain.
Then, indeed, the captive turned his face toward the light, and looked down on the stripling with an expression that was superior to contempt.
With the latter in his possession, the ransom which might be obtained for the captive
would form no great inducement to her relinquishment in the face of the pleasures of sole ownership of her.
Tell them this, Athos," resumed D'Artagnan; "thus shall all die who forget that a captive
man is sacred and that a captive
king doubly represents the Lord.
King's uncle was chosen as Regent to rule in his absence.