One by one she sent them through the secret panel into the room beyond, and when the last had passed from the chamber where we stood in wide-eyed amazement she turned and smiled at us and then herself passed through, leaving us alone.
I did as he bade, and then together we sought the secret panel through which I had just entered the apartment--the one at the opposite end of the room from that through which the girl had led her savage companions.
"Ne'er heed me, Seth," said Wiry Ben, "y' are a down-right good- hearted chap, panels
or no panels
; an' ye donna set up your bristles at every bit o' fun, like some o' your kin, as is mayhap cliverer."
Myself, forgetting the forest, I tackled a glass panel
and began to finger it in every direction, hunting for the weak point on which to press in order to turn the door in accordance with Erik's system of pivots.
Paulvitch had flattened himself against the paneled
wall of the corridor beyond.
"Really!" said D'Artagnan, abandoning the attempt to burst open the panel
after several ineffectual attempts, "Athos, I cannot imagine how you can talk to us in that way.
Now a panel
crashed inward upon the floor, and Mors Kajak sprang to the opening to defend the way until we should have time to release the others.
Behind the panel
the girl stood shrinking close to De Conde, her hand still in his.
If they mean to take your machine away, it's little good your wrecking their bronze panels
, and if they don't, you will get it back as soon as you can ask for it.
Quickly she crossed to it, discovering that one vertical edge of an entire panel
projected a half-inch beyond the others.
Every few hundred yards, at particularly bad places, one came across a panel
or so of plank fencing; but they were always old and weak, and they generally leaned out over the chasm and did not make any rash promises to hold up people who might need support.
A red-faced barrel of a boy did all the holding, one hand round the wrist, the other palm to palm, and his knees braced up against the panel
. Another was rendering ostentatious but ineffectual aid, and three or four others danced about in their pyjamas.