The Sultan of Kashgar no sooner heard these words than he ordered an usher to go to the chief of police and to bring all the persons concerned in the hunchback's death, together with the corpse
, that he wished to see once again.
, already greatly decayed and clotted with gore, stood erect before the eyes of the spectators.
In the meantime, I instituted a rigorous private search for the corpse
All that day the men lay glaring at each other like beasts of prey, and the following morning two of the corpses
lay almost entirely stripped of flesh.
Werper himself wrapped the blankets of the dead man about the corpse
, taking care to fold inward the scorched and bullet-torn fabric that had muffled the report of the weapon he had fired the night before.
As he lay resting on the skull-paved shelf, he saw in the center of the vault above the river another of those sinister round holes through which he momentarily expected to see a headless corpse
shoot downward in its last plunge to a watery grave.
I saw that gentleman walking in the garden when the corpse
was still warm.
A light hath dawned upon me: I need companions--living ones; not dead companions and corpses
, which I carry with me where I will.
A woman deposed that she lived near the beach and was standing at the door of her cottage, waiting for the return of the fishermen, about an hour before she heard of the discovery of the body, when she saw a boat with only one man in it push off from that part of the shore where the corpse
was afterwards found.
But, not content with this plausible explanation, and, perhaps, secretly glad to avert their eyes from a spectacle which awakened so extraordinary and unusual sensations in their sluggish bosoms, the sons of the squatter turned away in a body from their mother and the corpse
, and proceeded to make the enquiries which they fancied the former had so repeatedly demanded.
Can a corpse
own it, want it, spend it, claim it, miss it?
With one swing of his mighty longsword he laid a dozen corpses
at his feet, and so he hewed a pathway before him until in another moment he stood upon the platform beside me, dealing death and destruction right and left.