At daybreak D'Artagnan, who had wandered about the lower hall, biting his fingers to stifle his sighs - D'Artagnan went up once more; and watching the moments when Grimaud turned his head towards him, he made him a sign to come to him, which the faithful servant obeyed without making more noise
than a shadow.
Sure enough the roly-poly noise
was still going on quite distinctly under the attic floor
"I never thought much about fear and that sort of thing--never tried to determine whether I was a coward or brave man; but the other night as we lay in the jungle there after poor D'Arnot was taken, and those jungle noises
rose and fell around us I began to think that I was a coward indeed.
Now a score of prisoners ran to and fro, who had lost themselves in the intricacies of the prison, and were so bewildered with the noise
and glare that they knew not where to turn or what to do, and still cried out for help, as loudly as before.
'Such a strange noise
, Jeremiah, and such a curious movement.
It opened with difficulty, and then only on darkness; but as I turned back, the door behind me sank back and settled into its place with a noise
as of innumerable bolts.
Crackit spoke in a scarcely audible whisper, and laughed without noise
, Sikes imperiously commanded him to be silent, and to get to work.
"Usually they run fast enough when they hear the noise
, which makes them afraid."
I started to get up, and knocked down an umbrella; it made a noise
like a pistol-shot when it struck that hard, slick, carpetless floor; I grated my teeth and held my breath--Harris did not stir.
Parry, odious as was this sight to him, sought for those among some eight or ten workmen who were making the most noise
; and fixed on two men, who were loosening the last hooks of the iron balcony.
"I don't know, senor," said he; "it must be something new, for adventures and misadventures never begin with a trifle." Once more he tried his luck, and succeeded so well, that without any further noise
or disturbance he found himself relieved of the burden that had given him so much discomfort.
It seemed to him that heaven had at length taken pity on him, and had sent this noise
to warn him on the very brink of the abyss.