"The mud of Paris," he said to himself--for decidedly he thought that he was sure that the gutter would prove his refuge for the night; and what can one do in a refuge, except dream?--"the mud of Paris is particularly stinking; it must contain a great deal of volatile and nitric salts.
Each molecule of the gutter bore away a molecule of heat radiating from Gringoire's loins, and the equilibrium between the temperature of his body and the temperature of the brook, began to be established in rough fashion.
It is easy for any man to roll in the gutter
. But it is a terrible ordeal for a man to stand upright on his two legs unswaying, and decide that in all the universe he finds for himself but one freedom--namely, the anticipating of the day of his death.
at the end of the tunnel the gutter
discharged itself into a great canal; that would be just as dangerous for him as it would be for us to go down a waterfall.
Those behind urged on, and the column, from gutter
, telescoped upon itself.
They now thought of placing the boxes across the gutter
, so that they nearly reached from one window to the other, and looked just like two walls of flowers.
THE WEEK FOLLOWING Christmas brought in a thaw, and by New Year's Day all the world about us was a broth of grey slush, and the guttered
slope between the windmill and the barn was running black water.
Currents of air rushed in, as the old doors jarred and creaked upon their hinges; the candles flickered and guttered
down, and made long winding-sheets; the cheery deep-red curtains flapped and fluttered idly in the wind; even the stout Dutch kegs, overthrown and lying empty in dark corners, seemed the mere husks of good fellows whose jollity had departed, and who could kindle with a friendly glow no more.
On a banister post stood a tallow candle which guttered
in the draft.
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