Like the crouching leopard crawling nearer for a surer spring the great Kafir, with a sudden glide, advances to the horse's head, and makes a quick clutch at the bridle.
On these lonely hills and dales her quiescent glide was of a piece with the element she moved in.
The sensation may be caused by the panoramic glide of the stars past earthly objects, which is perceptible in a few minutes of still- ness, or by the better outlook upon space that a hill affords, or by the wind, or by the solitude; but whatever be its origin, the impression of riding along is vivid and abiding.
He saw the square figure sitting erect upon the horse, the head turned to neither side, the elbows steady by the hips, the brim of the hat level and undisturbed in its onward glide, until the keen edges of Boldwood's shape sank by degrees over the hill.
Two varieties only of humanity could have entered the paddock with the ghostlike glide of that mysterious figure.
I still went among them in safety, because no jolt in the downward glide had released the increasing charge of explosive animalism that ousted the human day by day.