The girl shivered a little and grew pale even under the rosy light; for now but one guess remained, and her own fate depended upon the result.
She looked at a silver candelabra that had ten branches, and thought: "This may be the Queen of Ev and her ten children." So she touched it and uttered aloud the word "Ev," as the Nome King had instructed her to do when she guessed. But the candelabra remained as it was before.
Then they told her that they had become the servants of the Dragon for seven long years, and how he had given them money as plentifully as blackberries; but as they had signed their names they were his, unless when the seven years had passed they could guess a riddle.
'They are mine,' answered the Dragon scornfully, 'for I shall only give them one riddle which they will never be able to guess.'
"This is what they call delirium, I guess
," he muttered.
He had made up his mind to try a few hardy guesses
, in mapping out his theory of the origin and motive of the murder-- guesses
designed to fill up gaps in it--guesses which could help if they hit, and would probably do no harm if they didn't.
those chaps would be glad to know," he said.
Jotham's facial muscles were unmoved by this appeal and, his vocabulary being limited, he merely repeated: "I guess
I'll go along back."
The man was greeted with shouts of welcome from his fellows, to whom he imparted all that he knew and guessed
of the actions of their master, so that the entire safari was aware of matters before Baynes, who marched close to the head of the column, was reached and acquainted with the facts and the imaginings of the black boy whom Malbihn had deserted in the clearing the night before.
Look again, and guess
what those are," answered Uncle Mac, chuckling and enjoying it all like a boy.
maybe you didn't know about Miss Polly's love affair," he said slowly.
"It was one of Steve Hassell's carriages, I guess
, unless the lady took a hansom."
sire, if I knew that, I would not tell you to mistrust him, for I should be stronger than he; but with him, I am afraid to guess
-- to guess
She just tracks around with the boy and her nerves, trying to find out what'll amuse him, I guess
. Florida, Adirondacks, Lakewood, Hot Springs, New York, and round again.
, "Fern," "Feather," "Fife." And here my resources failed me.