"The bridge is broken in the middle, and part of it is carried away; if you come on you'll be into the river."
I could not understand much of what they said, but I found they thought, if I had gone on as the master wanted me, most likely the bridge would have given way under us, and horse, chaise, master, and man would have fallen into the river; and as the current was flowing very strongly, and there was no light and no help at hand, it was more than likely we should all have been drowned.
She left the bridge on the side by which I had first seen her approach it, and walked slowly away along the darkening track of the highroad.
As I walked away toward the opposite end of the bridge, the doubt began to grow on me whether she had spoken the truth.
And then he saluted me, and strode from the bridge, a martyr to loyalty and friendship, for, though no man might know that Lieutenant Jefferson Turck had taken his ship across thirty, every man aboard would know that the first officer had committed a crime that was punishable by both degradation and death.
Johnson," I said, "and attend to the work of unpacking the extra instruments and having them properly set upon the bridge."
The two figures of the young lady and her companion soon afterwards appeared upon the bridge
. They stopped at the summit of the stairs.
"Well, I think we won't talk about bridges
here, at any rate." Bartley looked down at the toe of her yellow slipper which was tapping the rug impatiently under the hem of her gown.
"Do you want to reach the bridge?" said the grenadier.
"Only five hundred feet from the bridge. We are now going to cross the Beresina, Stephanie, and once across I will not torment you any more; you shall sleep; we shall be in safety, and can reach Wilna easily.-- God grant that she may never know what her life has cost!" he thought.
The alligator turned to look over its shoulder, and at once Guph ran to the bridge
and leaped over the sentinel's back before it could turn back again.
And he heard in answer a voice, as if crying far away, as if screaming to him fretfully from a very great distance, the one word "Yes!" Other seas swept again over the bridge
. He received them defencelessly right over his bare head, with both his hands engaged in holding.