LILITH A Fantasy Novel By George MacDonald - online book

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animal of the giant kind; and the horse showed himself proud of the burden he bore. We exercised them every day until they had such confidence in us as to obey instantly and fear nothing; after which we always rode them at parade and on the march.
The undertaking did indeed at times appear to me a foolhardy one, but the confidence of the woman of Bulika, real or simulated, always overcame my hesitancy. The princess's magic, she insisted, would prove power­less against the children; and as to any force she might muster, our animal-allies alone would assure our superi­ority : she was herself, she said, ready, with a good stick, to encounter any two men of Bulika. She confessed to not a little fear of the leopardess, but I was myself ready for her. I shrank, however, from carrying all the children with us.
'Would it not be better,' I said, 'that you remained in the forest with your baby and the smallest of the Little Ones?'
She answered that she greatly relied on the impres­sion the sight of them would make on the women, especially the mothers.
'When they see the darlings,' she said,' their hearts will be taken by storm; and I must be there encour­aging them to make a stand ! If there be a remnant of hardihood in the place, it will be found among the women! '
You must not encumber yourself,' I said to Lona, ' with any of the children; you will be wanted every­where !'
For there were two babies besides the woman's, and even on horseback, she had almost always one in her arms.
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