1 I grew dreadfully afraid, and the horses shared my fear.
2 You cannot deceive me, my friend; I know too much, and my horses are swift.
3 Then the thin man go and some one tell him where horse and cart can be hired.
4 Without a word he shook his reins, the horses turned, and we swept into the darkness of the Pass.
5 Then the driver cracked his whip and called to his horses, and off they swept on their way to Bukovina.
6 I could see from the flash of our lamps, as the rays fell on them, that the horses were coal-black and splendid animals.
7 He lashed the horses unmercifully with his long whip, and with wild cries of encouragement urged them on to further exertions.
8 The only light was the flickering rays of our own lamps, in which the steam from our hard-driven horses rose in a white cloud.
9 The driver saw it at the same moment; he at once checked the horses, and, jumping to the ground, disappeared into the darkness.
10 The houses are very few here now, and the Professor says that the last horse we got will have to go on with us, as we may not be able to change.
11 In a few minutes, however, my own ears got accustomed to the sound, and the horses so far became quiet that the driver was able to descend and to stand before them.
12 As we went further, we met fewer and fewer people, till at last we were somewhat surprised when we met even the patrol of horse police going their usual suburban round.
13 As I looked back I saw the steam from the horses of the coach by the light of the lamps, and projected against it the figures of my late companions crossing themselves.
14 The leader of the gypsies, a splendid-looking fellow who sat his horse like a centaur, waved them back, and in a fierce voice gave to his companions some word to proceed.
15 At last there came a time when the driver went further afield than he had yet gone, and during his absence, the horses began to tremble worse than ever and to snort and scream with fright.
16 At the first howl the horses began to strain and rear, but the driver spoke to them soothingly, and they quieted down, but shivered and sweated as though after a runaway from sudden fright.
17 The horses jumped about and reared, and looked helplessly round with eyes that rolled in a way painful to see; but the living ring of terror encompassed them on every side; and they had perforce to remain within it.
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