No one saw the bridge
. The train leaped, so to speak, from one bank to the other, and the engineer could not stop it until it had gone five miles beyond the station.
In the midst of that hell, a column of soldiers was forcing its way to the bridge, between two hedges of dead bodies.
"Do you want to reach the bridge?" said the grenadier.
"The bridge is broken in the middle, and part of it is carried away; if you come on you'll be into the river."
I could not understand much of what they said, but I found they thought, if I had gone on as the master wanted me, most likely the bridge would have given way under us, and horse, chaise, master, and man would have fallen into the river; and as the current was flowing very strongly, and there was no light and no help at hand, it was more than likely we should all have been drowned.
She looked along the bridge, first on one side of her, then on the other.
A sudden doubt of her purpose in seeking that solitary place, a sudden distrust of the lonely bridge and the swift-flowing river, set my heart beating quickly and roused me to instant action.
It was about six bells of the forenoon watch that Johnson returned to the bridge after an absence of some thirty minutes.
"I shall not know," replied Alvarez, "that the Coldwater passes thirty; nor shall any other man aboard know it," and, with his words, he drew a revolver from his pocket, and before either I or Johnson could prevent it had put a bullet into every instrument upon the bridge, ruining them beyond repair.
The tower of old Saint Saviour's Church, and the spire of Saint Magnus, so long the giant-warders of the ancient bridge, were visible in the gloom; but the forest of shipping below bridge, and the thickly scattered spires of churches above, were nearly all hidden from sight.
The hour had not struck two minutes, when a young lady, accompanied by a grey-haired gentleman, alighted from a hackney-carriage within a short distance of the bridge, and, having dismissed the vehicle, walked straight towards it.
Fortunately, there was no one in the big cave at that moment, so he told Dorothy and Polly to run as fast as they could for the entrance, and out across the narrow bridge.
They moved so quickly and their escape was so wholly unexpected that they had almost reached the bridge when one of the Scoodlers looked out of his house and saw them.
Guph saw there was no room for him to pass the alligator on the narrow bridge
, so he called out to it:
His first irresistible notion was that the whole China Sea had climbed on the bridge
. Then, more sanely, he concluded himself gone overboard.