"Upon my word," cried he, "I thought I had seen wonders before to-day--hydras with nine heads, stags with golden horns, six-legged men, three-headed dogs, giants
with furnaces in their stomachs, and nobody knows what besides.
To his dismay and astonishment he found a Giant
lying at the entrance of the wood; he was about to run off as fast as his legs could carry him, when the Giant
called out: 'Don't be afraid, I won't harm you.
'Just stay waiting here, I alone will soon finish off the giants
.' Then he bounded into the forest and looked about right and left.
'Once make a giant
common and giants
will never draw again.
It was a brief but splendid spectacle, that of this giant
, pale, bloody, his countenance lighted by the fire of the match burning in surrounding darkness!
"My own garden is my own garden," said the Giant
; "any one can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself." So he built a high wall all round it, and put up a notice-board.
"How heartless!" wailed the Giant
, shaking the bars again.
When at last we came to ourselves the giant
sat examining us attentively with his fearful eye.
Meantime the giant
continued to raise his iron mallet high in the air and to strike the path terrific blows that echoed through the mountains like the roar of a cannon.
Towards the Knight, so weak that he could scarcely hold his sword, this Giant
's face was getting red, and his breath came snorting forth like a bull's.
With clenched fists, and tight set jaws the great, soulless giant
moved across the dark chamber with the stealthy noiselessness of a tiger.