She discovered the veteran in high good humor, smoking his pipe, and warming a tin mug of ale at his own snug fire.
That the veteran did actually sleep on guard before his master's door, and that he and the admiral and the housekeeper were in the secret of this unaccountable proceeding, was now beyond all doubt.
warriors fight merely for the love of the thing, and the consequence which success gives them among their people.
The veteran hoisted one end of the lumbering sea chest on the gunwale of the boat, and seized the handle at the other end to lift it in, when the motion propelled the boat from the shore, the chest slipped off from the gunwale, and, sinking into the waves, pulled the veteran headlong after it.
As, however, the most of the company were possessed of that valuable philosophy which enables a man to bear up with fortitude against the misfortunes of his neighbors, they soon managed to console themselves for the tragic end of the veteran.
Their disciplined habits, both of mind and body, had endowed them with great physical perfection; and the eye of the veteran
was apt to scan the fair proportions and athletic frames of the colonists with a look that seemed to utter volumes of contempt for their moral imbecility, He was also a little addicted to the expression of a belief that, where there was so great an observance of the externals of religion, there could not be much of the substance.
Would not our veteran
, dying of hunger, and unable to help himself, be worthy of rank with Homer?
It is good," the wary veteran murmured, when he found that all his skill in the requisites of a brave could detect no blemish; "this is a leaping panther
Reproving the burst of admiration and triumph, to which the boldness of the declaration, and the freshened hopes of revenge had given rise, by turning his gleaming eye around the band, the veteran again addressed his adopted child, as if his purpose was not to be denied.
But all this while Umslopogaas and the veterans sat in their ranks upon the brow of the slope and watched.
Now the veterans moved restlessly on their haunches, pushing their legs out and drawing them in again.
Some were able-bodied, but inexpert; others were expert, but lazy; while a third class were expert and willing, but totally worn out, being broken-down veterans
, incapable of toil.