The approaching riders
having descended a decline were no longer visible, but they reappeared a few minutes later.
The steeds of these attendants were in appearance as foreign as their riders.
We return to the riders, who had soon left the bondsmen far behind them, and who maintained the following conversation in the Norman-French language, usually employed by the superior classes, with the exception of the few who were still inclined to boast their Saxon descent.
Bob proved a handful of impishness and contrariety, and he tried out his rider
as much as his rider
tried him out.
A heap of corpses both of riders
and horses lay round the mountain, and many dying men lay groaning there unable to go any farther with their wounded limbs.
Their criterion of a good rider
is, a man who can manage an untamed colt, or who, if his horse falls, alights on his own feet, or can perform other such exploits.
Frou-Frou started into a gallop, her left foot forward, made two bounds, and fretting at the tightened reins, passed into a jolting trot, bumping her rider
up and down.
They are fearless riders
; and their daring feats upon unbroken colts and wild horses, astonished our trappers; though accustomed to the bold riders
of the prairies.
Upon which Western, who had been much alarmed by meeting his daughter's horse without its rider
, and was now overjoyed to find her unhurt, cried out, "I am glad it is no worse.
Thus, sure that the rider
would not release his hold, Raoul now only directed his attention to the horse, which he guided to the opposite bank, helping it to cut through the water and encouraging it with words.
Just then the noise of horses topped the rise, and four or five riders
came in sight in the moonlight and swept at full gallop down the slope.
One of the riders
was getting out of the water covered with mud, the other lay quite still.