"I'll not go!" she exclaimed, "you can do what you like but I'll stay where I am! Murderers..." "Oh," said Strangwise wearily, "bring her along, Bellward!" Bellward and the woman seized the girl one by each arm and dragged her to the car. Strangwise had the door open and between them they thrust her in.
Beside him walked the mother pushing a loaded crib; and behind him the artist friend, to whose aid he had evidently gone, dragged a large canvas trunk bound with an ingenious system of ropes. Stone nodded gayly when he saw Isabel. "Hallo!" he cried. "I was going for you later on. We'll all sleep out to-night. Better come along."
The week following, a curious conflict took place near the spot where I had captured the large snake. While he was searching about, curiosity led me toward the place of the late scene of action. There was a path where timber had formerly been dragged along.
And so always, when these field guns stop barking and limber up, it reminds one of pulling a dog out of a fight by the tail as they are dragged slowly, as if reluctantly, away; while the drivers don't bother to look round, and don't look a bit like heroes full of courage at the magnificent price of one and twopence a day.
And even as she stared the mound above her swayed and crumbled, and a rush of hot water came pouring over her. Then it seemed to her that she was dragged downward.... Section 3
The picture of the black, shrivelled little man dragging his lifeless legs up to the gallery step by step was never forgotten by anyone who saw it. At the top he turned and said in ominous tones: 'I do not wish to be disturbed in the morning. I shall need a long sleep'; and dragged himself out of sight. He had been on the stage five minutes and had said scarcely fifty words.
Dead horses fell upon living oxen; wheels and axles were thrown on the backs of donkeys, and plunging mules dragged heavy waggons over great piles of débris. The cannon on the southern hills became more active and their shells caused the landscape surrounding the waterworks to be filled with geysers of dust.
Yes, yes, I know now. I became a brute again and dragged her to the brutes, and now once more I am a woman, and she is dead, and I killed her because I loved her so. I killed her who saved me from the brutes. I am not dead yet, Macumazahn. Take me and torture me to death, slowly, very slowly. It was jealousy of you that drove me mad, and I have killed her, and now she never can forgive me."
A half-hour later he dragged himself wearily up the avenue between the elms looking white as snow in the pale July dawn to the clearing in front of his house. Desertion was stamped upon the face of it. Shattered windows and hanging shutters everywhere. How wantonly they had wrecked it! It might have been a church, and the militia a regiment of Cromwell's iconoclastic Puritans.
Lucky you weren't there, because if you've any idea of ever painting a picture called Motherhood, you'd ha' gone straight out and cut your throat on the mat in despair. You certainly would. "Well, anyway, the banquet got more and more awkward to endure as it dragged on, and mighty glad I was when at last the girl got up without a word and picked up the baby and left us. Left us.