A soldier came marching along the high road--left, right!
'Come, this is not bad!' said the Soldier. 'But what am I to give you, old Witch; for surely you are not going to do this for nothing?'
The spectral soldier was at his side like a stalking reproach.
"Yeh know," said the tall soldier, "I was out there." He made a careful gesture.
When they had gone by, the same stream of soldiers followed, with the same kind of talk, and at last all stopped.
There's no proper order!" said the soldiers. "Where are you shoving to?
When the people saw the officer and beheld the threatening attitude with which the soldiers fronted them, their rage became almost uncontrollable.
Amid the uproar, the soldiers stood glaring at the people with the fierceness of men whose trade was to shed blood.
"I cannot bear it any longer!" said the pewter soldier, who sat on the drawers.
"Yes, it's all very well, but I see nothing of them, and I don't know them!" said the pewter soldier. "I cannot bear it!"
Just as he was going to lie down, the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine; but the soldier
threw it all away secretly, taking care not to drink a drop.
hastened to do this, while Tip, who had arrived at his heels, remained in the courtyard to look at the Scarecrow with wondering eyes.