black dog


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black dog

symbol of the devil. [Rom. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 329]
See: Evil
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"That's you, Bill," returned Black Dog, "you're in the right of it, Billy.
Then all of a sudden there was a tremendous explosion of oaths and other noises--the chair and table went over in a lump, a clash of steel followed, and then a cry of pain, and the next instant I saw Black Dog in full flight, and the captain hotly pursuing, both with drawn cutlasses, and the former streaming blood from the left shoulder.
Once out upon the road, Black Dog, in spite of his wound, showed a wonderful clean pair of heels and disappeared over the edge of the hill in half a minute.
But suddenly his colour changed, and he tried to raise himself, crying, "Where's Black Dog?"
"He only practices magic for the benefit of his own family," explained Bungle, who was keeping at a respectful distance from the little black dog.
The black dog came through the trees to get a better look at him and coughed that well-bred cough again.
But if it had not been for the black dog, he would have gone back.
When he was out of sight of the house and the black dog, he went into the woods on the other side of the way and emerged after an interval trimming a very tolerable cudgel with his pocket-knife.
"Something passed her, all dressed in white, and vanished"--"A great black dog behind him"--"Three loud raps on the chamber door"--"A light in the churchyard just over his grave," &c.
Aggy!” shouted the sheriff, when he reached the door; “where are you, you black dog? will you keep me here in the dark all night?
While they were talking another old man came up, followed by two black dogs. He greeted them, and asked what they were doing in this place.
But when he had made away with these two, and was about to sit down again by his fire, out from every hole and corner came black cats and black dogs with red-hot chains, and more and more of them came until he could no longer move, and they yelled horribly, and got on his fire, pulled it to pieces, and tried to put it out.