He urged on his mare, and to his delight felt that she easily quickened her pace, and the thud of Gladiator's hoofs was again heard at the same distance away.
She quickened her pace and rose smoothly, just as he had fancied she would, and as she left the ground gave herself up to the force of her rush, which carried her far beyond the ditch; and with the same rhythm, without effort, with the same leg forward, Frou-Frou fell back into her pace again.
Oliver, who could hardly stand, made a shift to raise himself on his feet, and was at once lugged along the streets by the jacket-collar, at a rapid pace. The gentleman walked on with them by the officer's side; and as many of the crowd as could achieve the feat, got a little ahead, and stared back at Oliver from time to time.
Oliver walked a few paces after them; and, not knowing whether to advance or retire, stood looking on in silent amazement.
"And I can call to mind," remarked Johnston, "that when the great cog `Christopher,' which the French had taken from us, was moored two hundred paces from the shore, two archers, little Robin Withstaff and Elias Baddlesmere, in four shots each cut every strand of her hempen anchor-cord, so that she well-nigh came upon the rocks."
Nearer and nearer came the two birds, all absorbed in their own contest, the stork wheeling upwards, the hawk still fluttering above it, until they were not a hundred paces from the camp.
Joe shook his head; but there was something so cheery in the buoyant hopeful manner of this speech, that his spirits rose under its influence, and communicated as it would seem some new impulse even to the grey mare, who, breaking from her sober amble into a gentle trot, emulated the pace
of Edward Chester's horse, and appeared to flatter herself that he was doing his very best.
'Then don't trouble yourself to overtake them.' I slackened my pace
; but next moment regretted having done so: my companion did not speak; and I had nothing in the world to say, and feared he might be in the same predicament.
It was the same killing pace
going in as coming out, and the Indian did not stand it as well as Kama.
And thereafter, for a long time, the many irons rose and fell, the pace
of the room in no wise diminished; while the forewoman strode the aisles with a threatening eye for incipient breakdown and hysteria.
But there is no stopping then, for the old gentleman speaks stoutly to him, the horses mend their pace
, and they are already at the garden-gate.
Their chief is a hundred paces
ahead of them and they are rushing after him at headlong speed."