It is one thing to be sacrificed to a cause, even if it is only by filling up the ditch that others may cross to victory; it is quite another to be sacrificed in a cause, to die unavailingly without profit or glory of any kind, to be even an obstacle thrown across the way. And that was the end which looked Cabot in the face. He stood and considered his horse where it lay in the white dust, with its bloodshot eyes turned up to a sky that burned like a great blue flame. Its tongue, all black and swollen, hung out upon the sand, its flanks were sunken, and its forelegs limp. "This is all very beautiful," said Forbes, after a silence.
He hesitated, opening his mouth to speak and shutting it again irresolutely. [Pg 325]
Lawton set down the candle upon the desk, and crept away by the rear door.