There stood a Princess outside the gate; but oh, in what a sad plight
she was from the rain and the storm
The fiery Biscayan was the first to strike a blow, which was delivered with such force and fury that had not the sword turned in its course, that single stroke would have sufficed to put an end to the bitter struggle and to all the adventures of our knight; but that good fortune which reserved him for greater things, turned aside the sword of his adversary, so that although it smote him upon the left shoulder, it did him no more harm than to strip all that side of its armour, carrying away a great part of his helmet with half of his ear, all which with fearful ruin fell to the ground, leaving him in a sorry plight
His assailant could not forbear laughing heartily at his plight
, but was also quick to lend his aid.
Now, how much I am indebted to you I realised when you told me that you were spending for my benefit the sum which you are always reported to have laid by at your bankers; but, now that I have learnED that you never possessed such a fund, but that, on hearing of my destitute plight
, and being moved by it, you decided to spend upon me the whole of your salary--even to forestall it--and when I had fallen ill, actually to sell your clothes--when I learnED all this I found myself placed in the harassing position of not knowing how to accept it all, nor what to think of it.
In short, so helpless and woebegone was his plight
, that his party proceeded on their march without him; the captain promised to bring him on in safety in the after part of the day.
The Winkies lifted him tenderly in their arms, and carried him back to the Yellow Castle again, Dorothy shedding a few tears by the way at the sad plight
of her old friend, and the Lion looking sober and sorry.
Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight
, and began to ponder how he should take his revenge, and serve his late companion some trick.