Then he rode home to the Mother-Dragon, from whom he received this time a cloak made of silver, and again she led him to the ball-room.
On the third day the Prince led the mare to the meadow again; but once more she vanished before his eyes.
Towards evening the mare was returned to him, and when he led her home to the Mother Dragon she said to him:
The men of Argos, again, and those who held the walls of Tiryns, with Hermione, and Asine upon the gulf; Troezene, Eionae, and the vineyard lands of Epidaurus; the Achaean youths, moreover, who came from Aegina and Mases; these were led by Diomed of the loud battle-cry, and Sthenelus son of famed Capaneus.
And those that dwelt in Lacedaemon, lying low among the hills, Pharis, Sparta, with Messe the haunt of doves; Bryseae, Augeae, Amyclae, and Helos upon the sea; Laas, moreover, and Oetylus; these were led by Menelaus of the loud battle-cry, brother to Agamemnon, and of them there were sixty ships, drawn up apart from the others.
The faint light that filtered in from above showed him a large, low-ceiled vault from which several doorways led off into inky darkness, but there was no need to thread an unknown way, for there before him lay the objects of his search--the mad brute had the girl upon the floor, and gorilla-like fingers were clutching frantically at her throat as she struggled to escape the fury of the awful thing upon her.
And so she led him through winding corridors of gloom, until finally they came to a small chamber into which a little light filtered through a stone grating in the ceiling.
In our time a long stepladder had led to the tower itself.
Meanwhile not a word passed between Raffles and me; he had followed me, as I had led him, without waste of breath upon a single syllable.
Even then I was perplexed as to how to extricate myself from this entanglement; I was ashamed of it, and this fact as well as my perplexity led me to be cruel.
A man who has lost his self-respect cannot endure his own society, so I led the dissipated life that wealthy young men lead in Paris.
Prince Kuzovlev sat with a white face on his thoroughbred mare from the Grabovsky stud, while an English groom led
her by the bridle.
But at last, to their great joy, it led
downwards in a steep descent, with overhanging banks over which the footpaths led
; and the clustered houses of the village peeped from the woody hollow below.
But through it all we came at last to where the way led up a narrow gorge that grew steeper and more impracticable at every step until before us loomed a mighty fortress buried beneath the side of an overhanging cliff.
"Follow me," said one of the guard, and, turning, led me across the outer courtyard toward a second buttressed wall.