Had I run like a bustling woman to have given you freedom, these hags
of the Siouxes would have seen the same, and then where would you both have found yourselves?
All the others then came to taste the porridge, and thought it nice, but after they had finished it the old hag
grew so thirsty that she could stand it no longer, and asked her daughter to go out and bring her some water from the river that ran near by.
As M'ganwazam unfolded his plan in whispers to the savages squatting about him the old, toothless hag
, to whom Tarzan had saved her hut for the night, hovered about the conspirators ostensibly to replenish the supply of firewood for the blaze about which the men sat, but really to drink in as much of their conversation as possible.
"Fetch me the bundle, hag
," replied De Vac, "and you shall have gold against a final settlement; more even than we bargained for if all goes well and thou holdest thy vile tongue."
``Ay,'' grumbled the hag
, ``even thus is service requited.
"Good woman," replied the old hag
, "you could not have asked anyone better.
ha!/" and the old hag
writhed in ghastly merriment on the ground.
Again the withered hag
poured forth the monotonous words of a prayer that was not meant to be acceptable in heaven; and soon, in the pauses of her breath, strange murmurings began to thicken, gradually increasing so as to drown and overpower the charm by which they grew.
Looking over them was a wrinkled, scraggy hag
. It was Strickland's version of the Holy Family.
Now when this message was delivered to the Queen it filled her with dismay, for Mombi was her chief counsellor, and Jinjur was terribly afraid of the old hag
. But she sent for Mombi, and told her what Glinda had said.