Night used to be brooding over the large and swampy Bengal simple. The moon had sunk low within the west, and was once hiding at the back of a financial institution of threatening clouds. Darkness and shadow coated the napping global round. however the stilly quiet which marked "the darkest hour of all of the evening" was once damaged by means of the fierce growling of a tiger and a buffalo, scuffling with furiously at the open highroad, inside a dozen yards of Mr. Desborough's indigo factory.
The jackal pack have been amassing one of the far away hills, already scenting their prey. On they got here, dashing down the closest valley in resolution to their leader's call—shrieking, wailing, howling of their haste to be in time to pounce upon the tiger's leavings; an ever-increasing wave of sound that startled the weary factory-workers, snoozing of their mud-walled huts below the mango bushes. The pack sweep around the straw-thatched sheds belonging to the manufacturing unit, and assemble in entrance of Mr. Desborough's house.
This was once a wide one-storied construction, having a look a great deal like a Swiss cottage, with its gabled roof and white-painted partitions. The wide eaves projected thus far past the partitions that they coated the veranda, which ran correct around the apartment. just like the sheds of the manufacturing unit, it was once thatched. attractive mountaineering vegetation festooned the columns which supported the veranda, and flung their lengthy trailing hands around the pointed gables. a complete colony of untamed birds nestle within the reedy thatch, and discover quiet corners within the cool shadow of that large veranda. a couple of owls are wheeling around and around. Kites, hoopoes, and blue jays locate such cozy houses underneath Mr. Desborough's eaves, and convey up such quite a few households, that the entire position turns out alive with twittering wings and chirping voices. yet now the flying-foxes, that have hung all day head downwards from the timber like such a lot of black baggage, are screaming and chattering at their shrillest.
The scorching might evening turns out extra oppressive than ever. there's neither peace nor relaxation. each door and window within the bungalow is extensive open, for in the warmth is intense.
The youngest baby is unwell with fever, and can't sleep.
THE previous grey WOLF
HOW the quest ENDED
THE WOLF'S LAIR
AWAY TO THE HILLS
THE RANA'S SONS
OLIVER AND HIS UNCLE
A stopover at TO THE RANA'S CASTLE
BEATING THE KOOND
CAUGHT IN A TRAP
THE HOMEWARD ROAD
A LITTLE SAVAGE
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