Not an heroic strain; nevertheless Arthur felt himself very heroic as he strode towards the stables
to give his orders about the horses.
I have also examined every stable and out-house in Tavistock, and for a radius of ten miles.
The six horses were so close together that a carpet could have covered them, but half way up the yellow of the Mapleton stable showed to the front.
On that evening the horses had been exercised and watered as usual, and the stables were locked up at nine o'clock.
Edith Baxter was within thirty yards of the stables, when a man appeared out of the darkness and called to her to stop.
In reply to her inquiries, he said that he could not sleep on account of his anxiety about the horses, and that he intended to walk down to the stables to see that all was well.
She dressed herself hastily, called the maid, and set off for the stables.
I say, as I'm ready to wager any man ten pound, if he'll stand out wi' me any dry night in the pasture before the Warren stables
, as we shall neither see lights nor hear noises, if it isn't the blowing of our own noses.
So now, half-waking and all-winking, he may recall the house full of company, the coach-houses full of vehicles, the stables fall of horses, and the out-buildings full of attendants upon horses, until he is undecided about the present and comes forth to see how it is.
When the Dedlocks were about to ride out from Chesney Wold in the king's cause, she is supposed to have more than once stolen down into the stables in the dead of night and lamed their horses; and the story is that once at such an hour, her husband saw her gliding down the stairs and followed her into the stall where his own favourite horse stood.
Without a moment's hesitation, I took the proprietor of the livery stables aside and told him what the real importance was of the evidence of his order-book and the evidence of his driver.
I next showed that she had taken that journey, by the personal testimony of the driver of the fly, and I proved that she had performed it on the appointed day, by the order-book at the livery stables.