Reed's lace frills, and crimped her nightcap borders, fed our eager attention with passages of love and adventure taken from old fairy tales and other ballads; or (as at a later period I discovered) from the pages of Pamela, and Henry, Earl of Moreland.
Madam Mope!" cried the voice of John Reed; then he paused: he found the room apparently empty.
It is needless to say I rejoiced over this godsend, and my joy was not less than my wonder as I strove to imagine how this good fortune could have come to us, but to me specially; for the evident unwillingness to drop the reed for any but me showed that it was for me the favour was intended.
We made trial as before, each of the same three going forward before I did; but the reed was delivered to none but me, and on my approach it was let drop.
"Will you come away with me?" he said finally to her; but the Reed shook her head, she was so attached to her home.
The Reed used to like the rain, but that was merely her selfishness."
By an impulse not to be analysed, Flambeau rose to his full height in the swaying boat and shouted at the man to ask if he knew Reed Island or Reed House.
Father Brown, though commonly a silent, was an oddly sympathetic little man, and in those few but endless hours he unconsciously sank deeper into the secrets of Reed House than his professional friend.
One avenue of hope was thus closed upon the anxious sojourners at the Caldron Linn; their main expectation of relief was now from the two parties under Reed and M'Lellan, which had proceeded down the river; for, as to Mr.
Reed returned, and were hailed with the most anxious eagerness.
"Now, gentlemen," said Levin, pulling up his boots and examining the lock of his gun with rather a gloomy expression, "do you see those reeds
?" He pointed to an oasis of blackish green in the huge half-mown wet meadow that stretched along the right bank of the river.
It was the beating of the beast's tail against the reeds
which awakened Tarzan.