viii IN COURT AND KAMPONG
they were all so marvellously noisy, brave, and defiant, that, in spite of an occasional girlish giggle from one or another of them, I began to fear there would be bad trouble before the dawn. So wild was their excitement, and so maddening was the, din they made, that, though Tungku Amnah shrieked louder than any one of them, she could not make herself heard above the tumult ; and it was not until she had scratched the faces of those nearest to her, and smitten others with the flat of her sword, that she succeeded in reducing her followers to even a partial silence. Then she beat upon the barred door of Tungku Indut's house with her naked weapon, and cried shrilly to her brother :a i Come forth, Indut ! Come forth, if thou art in truth the son of the same father as myself ! Come forth ! '
c Come forth ! ' echoed the army, and the deafening din of defiance broke out once more, and was again with difficulty repressed by Tungku Amnah.
4 Come forth ! ' she shrilled once more, * come forth that I may rip thy belly, and cause thy entrails to gush out upon the ground ! '
4 Come forth, thou accursed and ill-omened one ! ' echoed the army, with the unanimity of Pickwick's thirty boarders.
Indut, however, did not show any signs of coming forth y but when the women had screamed themselves hoarse and out of breath, his gruff voice sounded from within the house, like the growl of a wild beast, after all that shrill feminine yelping.
c Go hence, Iang ! ' he shouted, c get thee to thy bed, thou foolish one 5 disturb not one who desires toc Go hence, Iang ! ' he shouted, c get thee to thy bed, thou foolish one 5 disturb not one who desires to