Before me were a party of perhaps fifty gorgeously clad nobles of the court, standing before a throne upon which sat Salensus Oll.
At sight of her Salensus Oll rose and drew his sword, and the sword of each of the fifty nobles was raised on high to form an arch, beneath which the poor, beautiful creature was dragged toward her doom.
Also to the good, a noble
one standeth in the way: and even when they call him a good man, they want thereby to put him aside.
But for democracies, they need it not; and they are commonly more quiet, and less subject to sedition, than where there are stirps of nobles
. For men's eyes are upon the business, and not upon the persons; or if upon the persons, it is for the business' sake, as fittest, and not for flags and pedigree.
'Sound, captain, sound!' cried the blind man; 'what does my noble
captain drink--is it brandy, rum, usquebaugh?
Just at this moment a servant came out of the palace, and taking him by the arm said, "Come with me, the noble
Sindbad, my master, wishes to speak to you."
To whose retinue he had been attached none had thought to inquire, for the followers of a Martian noble
are many, coming and going at the whim of their master, so that a new face is scarcely ever questioned, as the fact that a man has passed within the palace walls is considered proof positive that his loyalty to the jeddak is beyond question, so rigid is the examination of each who seeks service with the nobles
of the court.
"The outlaw wished to kill the knight, but many men-at-arms came to the noble
's rescue, and so the outlaw was forced to fly with the girl lest he be overcome by numbers, and the girl thus fall again into the hands of her tormentor.
The truth was, the nation as a body was in the world for one object, and one only: to grovel before king and Church and noble
; to slave for them, sweat blood for them, starve that they might be fed, work that they might play, drink misery to the dregs that they might be happy, go naked that they might wear silks and jewels, pay taxes that they might be spared from pay- ing them, be familiar all their lives with the degrading language and postures of adulation that they might walk in pride and think themselves the gods of this world.
It was now abandoned to meaner purposes, because the present lord, among other additions to the convenience, security, and beauty of his baronial residence, had erected a new and noble
hall, whose vaulted roof was supported by lighter and more elegant pillars, and fitted up with that higher degree of ornament, which the Normans had already introduced into architecture.
A principality is created either by the people or by the nobles
, accordingly as one or other of them has the opportunity; for the nobles
, seeing they cannot withstand the people, begin to cry up the reputation of one of themselves, and they make him a prince, so that under his shadow they can give vent to their ambitions.
In the island of Cos, for instance, the democracy was subverted by the wickedness of the demagogues, for the nobles
entered into a combination with each other.