Let Marmee think we are getting things for ourselves
, and then surprise her.
Though we defended ourselves
, and repulsed the enemy, yet this unhappy affair scattered our cattle, brought us into extreme difficulty, and so discouraged the whole company, that we retreated forty miles, to the settlement on Clench river.
We were only certain as to the altitudes-- we calculated to find out for ourselves
how many hours it is from the bottom to the top.
We crept through a broken hedge, groped our way up the path, and planted ourselves
on a flower-plot under the drawing-room window.
Presently we found ourselves
at four crossroads, with a four-fingered post in the centre.
Though we were many and our enemy was alone it did not occur to us to kill him, and indeed we should have found that a hard task, even if we had thought of it, and no plan could we devise to deliver ourselves
These reports charmed us, because they flattered our desires; but our superiors finding nothing in all this talk that could be depended on, were in suspense what directions to give us, till my companion and I upon this reflection, that since all the ways were equally new to us, we had nothing to do but to resign ourselves
to the Providence of God, asked and obtained the permission of our superiors to attempt the road through Melinda.
But neither could her father hear her nor we see him when she said this; and so, while I consoled Zoraida, we turned our attention to our voyage, in which a breeze from the right point so favoured us that we made sure of finding ourselves
off the coast of Spain on the morrow by daybreak.
In framing a government for posterity as well as ourselves
, we ought, in those provisions which are designed to be permanent, to calculate, not on temporary, but on permanent causes of expense.
Far better that we save friendly bullets for ourselves
at the last moment, as did those brave frontier women of my lost land, who took their own lives rather than fall into the hands of the Indian braves.
In all this the leading object we had in view was to seclude ourselves
from sight until the departure of the vessel; then to take our chance as to the reception the Nukuheva natives might give us; and after remaining upon the island as long as we found our stay agreeable, to leave it the first favourable opportunity that offered.
Accordingly I entered and whilst the rest of the party were devouring green tea and buttered toast, we feasted ourselves
in a more refined and sentimental Manner by a confidential Conversation.
So be it, monsieur; but as we are the masters, we constitute ourselves
a council of war, and when you are before judges you must reply.
Nevertheless we got over without accident, and soon found ourselves
at the stationhouse.
It is but a few days," replied the sportsman, "since we were congratulating ourselves
upon having escaped so many dangers