溾€橳is our only hope,鈥?said Humphrey; 鈥測et I don鈥檛 know but my friend is too ill to travel. Look at him.鈥?
In truth the sleeper鈥檚 flushed face and burning hands were not reassuring, but they were obliged to rouse him and try to explain matters.
He started up, staring at them in a dazed, bewildered way.
鈥淲e are within an ace of being caught,鈥?whispered Humphrey. 鈥淒on your clothes with all speed and the landlord will help us to escape.鈥?
With an effort Gabriel forced himself to attend, though it seemed to him that a couple of sledge-hammers were pounding remorselessly on his brain. He began to dress without a word, but staggered and all but fell when he attempted to cross the room. Humphrey took him by the arm.
鈥淲hat of Sandy?鈥?he asked. 杭州洗浴爽 鈥淟et us leave the money for
鈥淭o be sure,鈥?said Humphrey, placing some gold pieces in the landlord鈥檚 hand. 鈥淚 know you鈥檒l have the poor fellow provided for, Robin, and for your help to us you shall be well recompensed. We鈥檒l follow you on tiptoe without more delay.鈥?
The landlord had hurriedly re-arranged the bed, and now, candle in hand, crept down the stairs, pausing once or twice to make sure that the officers from Oxford were still chatting over their supper. Humphrey was relieved to see that the sense of danger had for the time restored Gabriel. With admirable selfcontrol he rallied his failing powers, stole softly after the landlord, and left the inn by the back door at which they had made their entrance a few hours earlier. In the stableyard stood a carrier鈥檚 cart piled up with sacks of corn. Into this the two 爱杭州龙凤论坛 fugitives climbed, the landlord arranging the sacks round them and covering the whole with a bit of sail-cloth.
鈥淵ou lie there, gentlemen, and you鈥檒l be safe enough,鈥?he said, 鈥渁nd when the officers are abed I鈥檒l rouse Jock and bid him put in the horses and drive to Henley.鈥?
The waiting seemed endless, but at last they heard cautious steps approaching and whispered remarks between Parslow and Jock, and finally there came the grinding of the wheels and a shaking and jarring of the cart 杭州倾城会所 which made Gabriel feel as if his last hour was come. He gasped for breath; to move was impossible, for the corn sacks were piled on every side, and on the top of them.
鈥淚 can never endure twelve miles of this鈥攚e
shall be here for hours,鈥?he reflected, desperately.
But just then, as the cart rumbled out of the yard and passed into the street, 杭州水疗价格 there were sounds of a window being thrust open, and a man鈥檚 voice shouted out.
鈥淗o! there! Which way are you going?鈥?
The fugitives held their breath to listen; clearly their pursuers had heard the sounds of departure鈥攚ere they even at this last moment to fall into the hands of their captors?
鈥淲hy, what a fool I was,鈥?reflected Gabriel. 鈥淚 could endure for days in this carrier鈥檚 cart if needful. Anything鈥攁nything rather than to be again a prisoner in Oxford Castle!鈥?Meanwhile Jock 杭州养生会所哪家好 was conveniently deaf, and drove placidly along the snowy street.
鈥淪top, you fellow,鈥?roar