It is well I drew the curtain," thought I; and I wished fervently he might not discover my hiding-place: nor would John Reed have found it out himself; he was not quick either of vision or conception; but Eliza just put her head in at the door, and said at once -
John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old; four years older than I, for I was but ten: large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage, heavy limbs and large extremities.
It is needless to say I rejoiced over this godsend, and my joy was not less than my wonder as I strove to imagine how this good fortune could have come to us, but to me specially; for the evident unwillingness to drop the reed for any but me showed that it was for me the favour was intended.
We made trial as before, each of the same three going forward before I did; but the reed was delivered to none but me, and on my approach it was let drop.
One avenue of hope was thus closed upon the anxious sojourners at the Caldron Linn; their main expectation of relief was now from the two parties under Reed and M'Lellan, which had proceeded down the river; for, as to Mr.
Reed returned, and were hailed with the most anxious eagerness.
said the Swallow, who liked to come to the point at once, and the Reed made him a low bow.
And certainly, whenever the wind blew, the Reed made the most graceful curtseys.
By an impulse not to be analysed, Flambeau rose to his full height in the swaying boat and shouted at the man to ask if he knew Reed Island or Reed House.
Father Brown, though commonly a silent, was an oddly sympathetic little man, and in those few but endless hours he unconsciously sank deeper into the secrets of Reed House than his professional friend.
From here it runs to the right where the horses are; there are breeding places there, and grouse, and all round those reeds
as far as that alder, and right up to the mill.
It was the beating of the beast's tail against the reeds
which awakened Tarzan.