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spirit, than real ones bought by servility from grudging and interested power.’
The dreaded Sir Hugh wheeled his horse about, and, as he spurred away, the
living wall divided silently to let him pass, and as silently closed together again.
And so remained; nobody went so far as to venture a remark in favor of the
prisoner, or in compliment to him; but no matter, the absence of abuse was a
sufficient homage in itself. A late comer who was not posted as to the present
circumstances, and who delivered a sneer at the ‘impostor’ and was in the act of
following it with a dead cat, was promptly knocked down and kicked out,
without any words, and then the deep quiet resumed sway once more.