A woman in the mob said 'Pauvre' and somebody else said ' bas!'
Bas Rowlett bent above his pillow, but with a transformed face.
"I reckon ye've done heered all I kin tell ye," said Bas, gravely.
In killing Bas Rowlett he would be performing a virtuous act.
Bas Rowlett did not rise from his seat and the young woman did not expect it.
Bas Rowlett seemed surprised, but he made prompt explanation.
Ask Dorothy an' her gran'pap an' Bas Rowlett ter come in hyar.
But Bas shook his head, and hastened to expound his subtler meaning.
Elsewhere it shelved off into the steep slope down which Bas had carried him.
He recognised Bas and flung himself to the earth beside him.