Toward the center of the city was a large plaza, and upon this and in the buildings immediately surrounding it were camped some nine or ten hundred creatures of the same breed as my captors
, for such I now considered them despite the suave manner in which I had been trapped.
In the new dawn he, for the first time, was able to obtain a good look at his captor
, and, if he had been puzzled and frightened before, those sensations were nothing to what he experienced now.
The girl was given but brief opportunity for further observation of the pitiful creatures in the enclosure as her captor
, after having directed the others to return to the fields, led her toward the tower, which they entered, passing into an apartment about ten feet wide and twenty long, in one end of which was a stairway leading to an upper level and in the other an opening to a similar stairway leading downward.
Instead, walking stiff-legged and circumspectly, but smelling with all his nose the strange scent of the creatures, he followed at the end of his chain his own captor
From his position Bradley could not see the wings of his captor
, nor in the darkness had he been able to examine those of the second creature closely when it circled before him.
Turning his back to his captor
, he walked submissively away in the direction indicated, looking to neither the right nor the left; hardly daring to breathe, his head and back actually aching with a prophecy of buckshot.
The instant the shock of this sudden misfortune had abated, Duncan began to make his observations on the appearance and proceedings of their captors
Here his captors
were joined by two other persons, apparently belonging to the gang.
The savages now produced large bowls full of rice prepared with cocoanut oil, of which my crazy comrades ate eagerly, but I only tasted a few grains, understanding clearly that the object of our captors
was to fatten us speedily for their own eating, and this was exactly what happened.
Night set in, they quickened their pace, and the fears of the two prisoners grew greater, especially as they heard themselves assailed with- "Get on, ye Troglodytes;" "Silence, ye barbarians;" "March, ye cannibals;" "No murmuring, ye Scythians;" "Don't open your eyes, ye murderous Polyphemes, ye blood-thirsty lions," and suchlike names with which their captors
harassed the ears of the wretched master and man.
Passepartout and his companions had begun to struggle with their captors
, three of whom the Frenchman had felled with his fists, when his master and the soldiers hastened up to their relief.
He cuddled it, baby-wise, but he looked up from it often to curse with an astonishing utter abandon straight at the noses of his captors