GONE!óBUT HOW? 153
in long, level, skimming leaps, the very embodiment of wasteless speed. It followed the line the other had taken, and I watched it grow smaller and smaller, until it disappeared in the uncertain distance.
But where was the lady ? Had the first beast sur≠prised her, creeping upon her noiselessly ? I had heard no shriek ! and there had not been time to devour her ! Could it have caught her up as it ran, and borne her away to its den ? So laden it could not have run so fast! and I should have seen that it carried something !
Horrible doubts began to wake in me. After a thorough but fruitless search, I set out in the track of the two animals.