Then the lion told his wife, quite proudly, just what he had said to the Doctor.
"Help's pretty hard to get these days," said the lion. "Animals don't seem to want to work any more.
Now, indeed, was Numa, the lion, reduced to the harmlessness of Bara, the deer.
After Numa had again breathed normally and was able to roar out his protests and his rage, his struggles increased to Titanic proportions for a short time; but as a lion's powers of endurance are in no way proportionate to his size and strength he soon tired and lay quietly.
"That will I give with all my heart," said Sancho; "but what has become of the lions? Are they dead or alive?"
"Then," said Don Quixote, "if his Majesty should happen to ask who performed it, you must say THE KNIGHT OF THE LIONS; for it is my desire that into this the name I have hitherto borne of Knight of the Rueful Countenance be from this time forward changed, altered, transformed, and turned; and in this I follow the ancient usage of knights-errant, who changed their names when they pleased, or when it suited their purpose."
The lion stood with wide, round eyes awaiting the attack, ready to rear upon his hind feet and receive this rash creature with blows that could crush the skull of a buffalo.
Just in front of the lion the boy placed the butt of his spear upon the ground, gave a mighty spring, and, before the bewildered beast could guess the trick that had been played upon him, sailed over the lion's head into the rending embrace of the thorn tree--safe but lacerated.
He lifted and advanced his left foot, not tentatively and hesitantly, but quickly and firmly, bringing it to rest on the lion
"That's why he nearly blunted my claws," said the Lion
. "When they scratched against the tin it made a cold shiver run down my back.
But tell me, my brethren, what the child can do, which even the lion
could not do?
Long before they reached the cage, they heard the roaring of a great lion
and guessed that they had made a successful bag, so it was with shouts of joy that they approached the spot where they should find their captive.