A gay young lord had stolen a lock of a beautiful young lady's hair, and she was so angry about it that there was a coolness between the two families.
Even to the last, one wretched sylph struggling to save the lock clung to it.
And as she leaned down to drink, the lock
of hair fell from her bosom, and floated away with the water.
Then I heard a key inserted and turned in the lock
I heard him open his door, and bang it to, and lock it.
At the first stroke--without touching the lock of his door, without setting foot in his room--I had the towel over his face.
George said he never saw so much thoughtful sadness concentrated into one glance before, as when, at the lock, that young couple grasped the idea that, for the last two miles, they had been towing the wrong boat.
You can hardly believe you are only where you are, and you are convinced that the map must be wrong; and, when you have trudged along for what seems to you at least ten miles, and still the lock is not in sight, you begin to seriously fear that somebody must have sneaked it, and run off with it.
Well, you know,' said the Deputy Lock
, shrugging his shoulders with his hands in his pockets, and shaking his head in a sulkily ominous manner, 'the parish authorities down town will have it out of you, if you go on, you may take your Alfred David.
Boxtel at first entertained an idea of stealing the key, but it soon occurred to him, not only that it would be exceedingly difficult to abstract it from her pocket, but also that, when she perceived her loss, she would not leave her room until the lock
was changed, and then Boxtel's first theft would be useless.
Upon this, she unlocked the door, and, passing out, closed it again softly; leaving it to all appearance (when viewed on the inner side) as carefully secured as Agnes had seen it when she tried the key in the lock
with her own hand.
No doubt," interrupted Rouletabille, chuckling,--"only there is no blood, either on the lock
or on the bolt