His companions were not long in comprehending his wishes, and laying aside their firearms, they parted, taking opposite sides of the path
, and burying themselves in the thicket, with such cautious movements, that their steps were inaudible.
Shrugging his shoulders, he bowed to us and moved quickly away, hitting the stones on his path
with his stout cane.
So steadily she floated on, till straight before her lay a broad, bright path, that led up to a golden arch, beyond which she could see shapes flitting to and fro.
So, down along the shining path, through mist and cloud, she travelled back; till, far below, she saw the broad blue sea she left so long ago.
Far away on the path we saw Sir Henry looking back, his face white in the moonlight, his hands raised in horror, glaring helplessly at the frightful thing which was hunting him down.
"It's a thousand to one against our finding him at the house," he continued as we retraced our steps swiftly down the path. "Those shots must have told him that the game was up."
Then, reassured by the absolute stillness and by the growing light, I took my courage in both hands and stole back along the path which I had come.
In their narrow-mouthed caves the natives, whoever they might be, had refuges into which the huge saurians could not penetrate, while with their developed brains they were capable of setting such traps, covered with branches, across the paths which marked the run of the animals as would destroy them in spite of all their strength and activity.
"Let me get home," thought I, very much upset by this information, "let me get home to my dear, uncritical, admiring babies, who accept my nose as an example of what a nose should be, and whatever its colour think it beautiful." And thrusting the handkerchief back into the little girl's hands, I hurried away down the path
. She packed it away hastily, but it took some seconds for it was of the size of a small sheet, and then came running after me.
They looked around and sure enough there was no path
to be seen.
Then Dorothy walked back up the path
, and followed it until she came to the very top of the hill, where a solitary round rock stood that was bigger than any of the others surrounding it.
"Hullo, doggie--hullo!" Pollyanna snapped her fingers at the dog and looked expectantly down the path
. She had seen the dog once before, she was sure.