We had completed these arrangements for our protection after leaving Phutra when the Sagoths who had been sent to recapture the escaped prisoners returned with four of them, of whom Hooja was one. Dian and two others had eluded them. It so happened that Hooja was confined.
The stones under my feet were muddy and slippery. People were landing hastily on both sides of the river. The splashes of the people in the boats leaping into the river sounded like thunderclaps in my ears.