She slowly retreated and knelt beside Brutus again.
Lanskoy informed the commander-in-chief that the army supplies were for the most part stored along the Oka in the Tula and Ryazan provinces, and that if they retreated on Nizhni the army would be separated from its supplies by the broad river Oka, which cannot be crossed early in winter.
She retreated to the castle, up the back stairwell off limits to everyone but her, and to the warmth of her chamber.
Hearing this apology the Tiger and the Lion stopped lashing their tails and retreated with dignified steps to the side of the Princess.
When Dean looked up to where Edith Shipton had stood, she had retreated up the stairs.