And as soon as the officer let go of the gate
handle she turned and, hurrying away on her old legs, went through the back yard to the servants' quarters.
'Twas the work of but a few moments more to open the gates
, let down the bridge, and admit the rest of the band; and they lot inside the town so quietly that none knew of their coming.
"Because I might have opened the gate
to Mynheers de Witt; whereas, finding the gate
locked, they were obliged to retrace their steps."
And I pressed the key, and pulled at the gate
, and exerted myself.
The balance of them, with the exception of a single sentinel beside the gate
, had re-entered the building from which they had been summoned.
"You were ever a strange man, to whom the gates
of distance are no bar.
There was a bell beside the gate
, and Dorothy pushed the button and heard a silvery tinkle sound within.
"It is certainly old Mombi," said the guard, who believed she was speaking the truth; and then Jinjur's soldiers returned within the city's gates
After considerably parleying he consented to admit them to the city, and a moment later the wheel-like gate
rolled back within its niche, and Thuvia and Carthoris entered the city of Lothar.
Menestheus son of Peteos was dismayed when he saw them, for it was against his part of the wall that they came-- bringing destruction with them; he looked along the wall for some chieftain to support his comrades and saw the two Ajaxes, men ever eager for the fray, and Teucer, who had just come from his tent, standing near them; but he could not make his voice heard by shouting to them, so great an uproar was there from crashing shields and helmets and the battering of gates
with a din which reached the skies.
At the next turn they came in sight of the gate
, where, beneath several flares, they saw a group of at least twenty warriors prepared to seize them, while from the opposite direction the roars of the pursuing lions sounded close upon them, mingling with the screams of numerous parrots which now circled about their heads.
"Hast thou the clothes ready bundled and the key, also, to this gate