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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

main thoroughfare and suckled her family. Presently there was a distant blare of military
music; it came nearer, still nearer, and soon a noble cavalcade wound into view, glorious
with plumed helmets and flashing mail and flaunting banners and rich doublets and
horse-cloths and gilded spearheads; and through the muck and swine, and naked brats,
and joyous dogs, and shabby huts, it took its gallant way, and in its wake we followed.
Followed through one winding alley and then another,--and climbing, always climbing--
till at last we gained the breezy height where the huge castle stood. There was an
exchange of bugle blasts; then a parley from the walls, where men-at-arms, in hauberk
and morion, marched back and forth with halberd at shoulder under flapping banners with
the rude figure of a dragon displayed upon them; and then the great gates were flung
open, the drawbridge was lowered, and the head of the cavalcade swept forward under
the frowning arches; and we, following, soon found ourselves in a great paved court, with
towers and turrets stretching up into the blue air on all the four sides; and all about us the
dismount was going on, and much greeting and ceremony, and running to and fro, and a
gay display of moving and intermingling colors, and an altogether pleasant stir and noise
and confusion.
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