from our seats in
horror, and stand trembling, and shuddering, and aghast: for the tones
in the voice of the shadow were not the tones of any one being, but of a
multitude of beings, and varying in their cadences from syllable to
syllable, fell duskily upon our ears in the well remembered and familiar
accents of many thousand departed friends.
* * * * *
The mountain pinnacles slumber; valleys, crags, and caves _are silent_.
"LISTEN to _me_," said the Demon, as he placed his hand upon my head.
"The region of which I speak is a dreary region in Libya, by the borders
of the river Zaeire. And there is no quiet there, nor silence.
"The waters of the river have a saffron and sickly hue; and they flow
not onward to the sea, but palpitate forever and forever beneath the red
eye of the sun with a tumultuous and convulsive motion. For many miles
on either side of the river's oozy bed is a pale desert of gigantic
water-lilies. They sigh one unto the other in that solitude, and stretch
towards the heaven their long and ghastly necks, and nod to and fro
their everlasting heads. And there is an indistinct murmur which cometh
out from among them like the rushing of subterrene water. And they sigh
one unto the other.
"But there is a boundary to their realm--the boundary of the dark,
horrible, lofty forest. There, like the waves about the Hebrides, the
low underwood is agitated continually. But there is no wind throughout
the heaven. And the tall primeval trees rock eternally hither and
thither with a crashing and mighty sound. And from their high summits,
one by one, drop everlasting dews. And at the roots, strange poisonous
flowers lie writhing in perturbed slumber. And overhead, with a rustling
and loud noise, the gray clouds rush westwardly forever until they roll,
a cataract, over the fiery wall of the horizon. But there is no wind
throughout the heaven. And by the shores of the river Zaeire there is
neither quiet nor silence.
"It was night, and the rain fell; and, falling, it was rain, but, having
fallen, it was blood. And I stood in the morass among the tall lilies,
and the rain fell upon my head--and the lilies sighed one unto the other
in the solemnity of their desolation.
"And, all at once, the moon arose through
" "Not altogether.Page 37
In the meantime, the lunatics had a jolly season of it--that you may swear.Page 38
As for my old friend, Madame Joyeuse, I really could have wept for the poor lady, she appeared so terribly perplexed.Page 39
" Dr.Page 67
It is a pocket-book, and--"Has any gentleman lost a pocketbook?" he cries.Page 78
In an instant I was precipitated and had the misfortune to fracture my arm.Page 80
"Und you pelief, ten," he inquired, "at te last? You pelief, ten, in te possibilty of te odd?" I again nodded my head in assent.Page 92
The entire area (so Pundit says) was, about eight hundred years ago, densely packed with houses, some of them twenty stories high; land (for some most unaccountable reason) being considered as especially precious just in this vicinity.Page 105
What must have been the astonishment of all, then, when having proceeded a few fathoms from the ship, Mr.Page 124
"Strange you shouldn't know me, though, isn't it? Pompey, bring me that leg!" Here Pompey handed the bundle, a very capital cork leg, already dressed, which it screwed on in a trice; and then it stood up before my eyes.Page 126
I AM a business man.Page 129
Can we? I ask the question.Page 140
There are the stately avenues and retirements of Versailles; Italian terraces; and a various mixed old English style, which bears some relation to the domestic Gothic or English Elizabethan architecture.Page 145
_It must be _thus _and not otherwise.Page 151
In the compendium of the Essay, made use of.Page 157
The countenance evinces no ingenuity, and is surpassed, in its resemblance to the human face, by the very commonest of wax-works.Page 160
The antagonist (as we have before observed) is not suffered to play at the board of the Automaton, but is seated at some distance from the machine.Page 171
It oppressed my limbs with the oppression of some dull weight, and was palpable.Page 174
To-morrow we will speak of this.Page 175
Its approach was not, at first, seemingly rapid; nor was its appearance of very unusual character.