In one moment, all the agonies of hell in the heart and brain, the next a blank through which I seemed to see afar, and as if suddenly removed from all this, a crouching figure looking at its work with starting eyes and pallid back-drawn lips; and seeing, recognize no face that I had ever known, but one so handsome, so remarkable, so unique in its formation and character, that it would be as easy for me to mistake the countenance of my father as the look and figure of the man revealed to me in my dream."
He had drawn back his foot for the second kick, when Michael took a hand or a leg, rather, sinking his teeth into the calf of the back-drawn leg about to administer the kick. With a curse the man jerked his leg clear, Michael's teeth ribboning flesh and trousers. "Good boy, Michael!" Harley applauded from where he lay helplessly pinioned under his horse. "Hey!
The back of his short neck was as a single lump of iron sinew which bulged beyond the base of his skull, so that his head seemed like a small ball protruding from a huge mountain of flesh. His back-drawn, snarling lips exposed his great fighting fangs, and his little, wicked, blood-shot eyes gleamed in horrid reflection of his madness.
The man's back was toward him, and Bill grasped the back-drawn arm at the wrist and with an ungentle jerk whirled the other in his tracks. The man released the flunky and faced him with a snarl. "Who done that?" he roared. "I did. Hit me. I tripped him." Bill's voice was dead level and low, but it carried to the farthest reaches of the room, over which had fallen a silence of expectation.
Stop that!" shouted Si, rushing over to his partner, and catching his back-drawn fist. He had been suspicious as to the cause of his partner's noisiness, and ran up as soon as the disturbance began. "Stop it, I say. Are you crazy?" Poor little Pete, badly excited as to what was happening to his best friend, was nervously fumbling his gun and eyeing the Aid.