Some of the damsels
mounted on pillions behind their favorite swains, and their light-hearted laughter, mingling with the clatter of hoofs, echoed along the silent woodlands, sounding fainter and fainter, until they gradually died away, --and the late scene of noise and frolic was all silent and deserted.
The little white damsel
, also, fled backward, shaking her head, as if to say, "Pray, do not touch me
Your majesty,' he cried, 'a damsel in distress waits without.
I am Yvonne, the daughter of Earl Dorm of the Hills,' said the damsel,
Without doubt," he replied; then he added, with a certain emphasis,--"I am the author of it, damsels
knew that I had produced the black tulip, and, in concert with a lover of hers in the fortress of Loewestein, she formed the plan of ruining me by appropriating to herself the prize of a hundred thousand guilders, which, with the help of your Highness's justice, I hope to gain.
Surely, sir, you should take shame to hold the damsel against her will.
You came in as the knight does in the jongleur's romances, between dragon and damsel, with small time for the asking of questions.
But when a knight cometh that is so hardy to kiss her, he shall not die, but he shall turn that damsel
into her right shape and shall be lord of the country aforesaid.
He, seeing this grotesque figure clad in armour that did not match any more than his saddle, bridle, lance, buckler, or corselet, was not at all indisposed to join the damsels in their manifestations of amusement; but, in truth, standing in awe of such a complicated armament, he thought it best to speak him fairly, so he said, "Senor Caballero, if your worship wants lodging, bating the bed (for there is not one in the inn) there is plenty of everything else here.
The landlord eyed him over but did not find him as good as Don Quixote said, nor even half as good; and putting him up in the stable, he returned to see what might be wanted by his guest, whom the damsels, who had by this time made their peace with him, were now relieving of his armour.
Here do I sit now, The desert nigh, and yet I am So far still from the desert, Even in naught yet deserted: That is, I'm swallowed down By this the smallest oasis--: --It opened up just yawning, Its loveliest mouth agape, Most sweet-odoured of all mouthlets: Then fell I right in, Right down, right through--in 'mong you, Ye friendly damsels