‘It had better not be, by God,’ had barked Captain Hilary Roding. The dusky obscurity of the room was twice welcome. Sheppard, whose distress at the consumption of the provisions had been somewhat allayed by the anticipation of the intruder's departure after he had satisfied his appetite, was now terrified in the extreme by seeing a light approach, and hearing footsteps on the stairs. "Well, how goes it?" he asked. He watched her, savoring her curious attention. E. ToC Early in the morning of Thursday, the 15th of October, 1724, the door of the Castle was opened by Austin, who, with a look of unusual importance, announced to the prisoner that four gentlemen were shortly coming up with the governor to see him,—"four such gentlemen," he added, in a tone meant to impress his auditor with a due sense of the honour intended him, "as you don't meet every day. Doesn’t matter a bit to me.
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