In an improvised hovel lay Von Winterfeld, and all one morning he raved
of the greatness of Germany.
The debauchery gained its height; glasses were dashed upon the floor by hands that could not carry them to lips; oaths were shouted out by lips which could scarcely form the words to vent them in; drunken losers cursed and roared; some mounted on the tables, waving bottles above their heads and bidding defiance to the rest; some danced, some sang, some tore the cards and raved
like a maniac, like a devil, with a lot of fools crowding round me and asking, "Aren't you the captain?
They tell me he raved
about the sea bursting into the church yard, and a drowning sailor floating by on a hen-coop; a sailor who dragged him down to hell by the hair of his head, and such like horrible nonsense, miss.
like a madman, beat his breast, tore his hair, stamped on the ground, and vowed the utmost vengeance on all who had been concerned.
He danced, howled, raved
and otherwise disturbed the welkin.
Light, however, was thrown upon this when a frightened housemaid brought the news that Gaffer Bedshaw had that very morning, not more than an hour back, gone violently insane, and was strapped down at home, in the huntsman's lodge, where he raved
of a battle with a ferocious and gigantic beast that he had encountered in the Tichlorne pasture.
The Captain thought so, and raved
about her in uncouth convulsions.