By the light of a little red lantern
, at the foot of the stairs, they saw two other bodies.
Then the cardinal put out the waxlight, slipped it into his pocket, and taking up the lantern
: "Now," he said, "for Monsieur de la Fere."
The door of the lantern
came loose from its fastening as he swayed it round, and the wind blew the candle out instantly.
'If not a double swindler,' whispered Wegg, 'why a dark lantern
? We could have seen what he was about, if he had carried a light one.
was held up in the direction of the noise.
Just then his eye fell upon the lanterns
and the can of kerosene oil which Zeb had brought from the car of his balloon, and he got a clever idea from those commonplace things.
. Somebody is on the roof of the sun parlor.
One ventured so near as to sit up close to the lantern
; the light showed its fat white belly, and the thing itself was like a dog begging, as big to my disgusted eyes.
At this instant the lantern
was lit, and its vividness dispelled the faint light.
Came the sound of paddles, and, next, emerging into the lantern
's area of light, the high, black bow of a war canoe, curved like a gondola, inlaid with silvery-glistening mother-of-pearl; the long lean length of the canoe which was without outrigger; the shining eyes and the black-shining bodies of the stark blacks who knelt in the bottom and paddled; Ishikola, the old chief, squatting amidships and not paddling, an unlighted, empty-bowled, short-stemmed clay pipe upside-down between his toothless gums; and, in the stern, as coxswain, the dandy, all nakedness of blackness, all whiteness of decoration, save for the pig's tail in one ear and the scarlet hibiscus that still flamed over the other ear.
'Why, where else should he sit?' asked Hugh, holding the lantern
to his breast, to keep the candle from the wind, while he trimmed it with his fingers.
Toby complied, by first producing his lantern
, and placing it on the ground; then by planting himself firmly with his head against the wall beneath the window, and his hands upon his knees, so as to make a step of his back.