It is a mere nothing after all; and not the least draught
from the stairs."
And, that thou mayest live, take off this draught
Minute by minute, the composing influence of the draught
began at last to strengthen its hold on my brain.
"Valentine," he answered, "during my long watch over you, all I have observed has been what people visited you, what nourishment was prepared, and what beverage was served; then, when the latter appeared dangerous to me, I entered, as I have now done, and substituted, in the place of the poison, a healthful draught
; which, instead of producing the death intended, caused life to circulate in your veins."
It is a dreadful draught
. I will come and see you to-morrow, father.
The old monster was not slow to perceive the effect which my draught
had produced and that I carried him more lightly than usual, so he stretched out his skinny hand and seizing the gourd first tasted its contents cautiously, then drained them to the very last drop.
And the horses shook themselves, and the dogs jumped up and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their wings, and looked about and flew into the fields; the flies on the walls buzzed again; the fire in the kitchen blazed up; round went the jack, and round went the spit, with the goose for the king's dinner upon it; the butler finished his draught
of ale; the maid went on plucking the fowl; and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear.