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Passing down the street, the Caliph had been attracted by the music of instruments and the sound of laughter, and had ordered his vizir to go and knock at the door of the house, as he wished to enter.
The knock was answered by Sadie, with a taper in her hand, and the vizir, who was surprised at her beauty, bowed low before her, and said respectfully, "Madam, we are three merchants who have lately arrived from Moussoul, and, owing to a misadventure which befel us this very night, only reached our inn to find that the doors were closed to us till to-morrow morning.
Any time things aren't going right just knock on the ceiling.
So the only thing for you to do is to knock on the ceiling.
He must have frozen too,' thought Nikita of Mukhorty, and indeed those hoof knocks against the sledge, which had awakened Nikita, were the last efforts the already numbed Mukhorty had made to keep on his feet before dying.
I warned ye baith, it was a clean impossibility to knock at the door this time.
Twa knocks at the door--and an unco trouble in opening it, after that--is joost the least ye can do for them
He don't knock me about for nothing, I can tell him that.
It was one of a thousand such as the city yawns at every day--the shop girl's story of insufficient wages, further reduced by "fines" that go to swell the store's profits; of time lost through illness; and then of lost positions, lost hope, and--the knock of the adventurer upon the green door.
They struck him with their fists, kicked him with their heavy shoes, knocked him down, and dragged him to his feet to knock him down again.
And you, sir--don't you know there has been somebody ill here, that you knock as if you'd beat the door down?
Yes (exclaimed I) I cannot help thinking it must be somebody who knocks for admittance.