It was "after a bit," as she said, for when the carriage passed through the park gates there was still two miles of avenue to drive
through and the trees (which nearly met overhead) made it seem as if they were driving through a long dark vault.
"When they are dead, what shall I drive
?" said Balaga with a wink.
It was too unlucky that I couldn't go; but I've had a sore throat, and mother was afraid of the drive home this evening.
"I shall be back by six, you know, dear: Papa never drives later than that--" and she was not reassured till Archer said that he thought of hiring a run-about and driving up the island to a stud-farm to look at a second horse for her brougham.
Venus screamed aloud, and let her son fall, but Phoebus Apollo caught him in his arms, and hid him in a cloud of darkness, lest some Danaan should drive a spear into his breast and kill him; and Diomed shouted out as he left her, "Daughter of Jove, leave war and battle alone, can you not be contented with beguiling silly women?
Nay, drive straight at Mars, and smite him in close combat; fear not this raging madman, villain incarnate, first on one side and then on the other.
As soon as he had done so he shouted, and cried 'Shoo, shoo,' after his sheep to drive them on to the mountain; so I was left to scheme some way of taking my revenge and covering myself with glory.
"As he spoke he drove the ram outside, but when we were a little way out from the cave and yards, I first got from under the ram's belly, and then freed my comrades; as for the sheep, which were very fat, by constantly heading them in the right direction we managed to drive them down to the ship.
"Of course Jotham'll drive you over," Ethan roused himself to answer.
He knew that Zeena must be wondering why he did not offer to drive her to the Flats and let Jotham Powell take the lumber to Starkfield, and at first he could not think of a pretext for not doing so; then he said: "I'd take you over myself, only I've got to collect the cash for the lumber."
At the moment, however, his one desire was to avoid the long drive with her behind the ancient sorrel who never went out of a walk.