Next morning I was afoot
early, bent on my quest in right good earnest; for I had a remorseful feeling that I had not been sufficiently diligent the day before, had spent too much time in dreaming and moralising, in which opinion I am afraid the reader will agree.
Come to me, Lone Wolf, for there is big game afoot
Your letter tells me that something special is afoot
with you, for I find in it so much about paradise and spring and sweet odours and the songs of birds.
The better to do so, I went afoot
, armed with a Henry rifle and carrying three days' rations in my haversack.
Behind them were men afoot
, marching in column, with dimly gleaming rifles aslant above their shoulders.
If the banners and flags are shifted about, sedition is afoot
. If the officers are angry, it means that the men are weary.
The night passed, and the next day, after dinner, Redruth and I were afoot
again and on the road.
Werper, sitting upon the veranda, could hear their voices in earnest discussion, and having realized that something of unusual moment was afoot
, he quietly rose from his chair, and keeping well in the shadow of the shrubbery growing profusely about the bungalow, made his silent way to a point beneath the window of the room in which his host and hostess slept.
"There are plenty of wild enterprises afoot
," he admitted, "but I don't know, after all, that I wish you particularly to be mixed up in them."
To be sure, it is a scandalous way of travelling, for a great gentleman like you to walk afoot
. Now here are two or three good horses in the stable, which the landlord will certainly make no scruple of trusting you with; but, if he should, I can easily contrive to take them; and, let the worst come to the worst, the king would certainly pardon you, as you are going to fight in his cause."
Riach, as I do not think he had been very forward in the battle, so he had got off with nothing worse than a blow upon the cheek: but he looked out of heart and very weary, having been all night afoot
, either standing watch or doctoring the wounded.
, my lord; I have served always in the infantry.