No, sir, not in such a hurry," and Phebe laughed as she gave a particularly large knob
a good poke.
If any other corroborative testimony had been required, it would have been abundantly furnished in the actions of Miss Miggs, who, having arrived at that restless state and sensitive condition of the nervous system which are the result of long watching, did, by a constant rubbing and tweaking of her nose, a perpetual change of position (arising from the sudden growth of imaginary knots and knobs
in her chair), a frequent friction of her eyebrows, the incessant recurrence of a small cough, a small groan, a gasp, a sigh, a sniff, a spasmodic start, and by other demonstrations of that nature, so file down and rasp, as it were, the patience of the locksmith, that after looking at her in silence for some time, he at last broke out into this apostrophe:--
The emphasis was helped by the speaker's hair, which bristled on the skirts of his bald head, a plantation of firs to keep the wind from its shining surface, all covered with knobs
, like the crust of a plum pie, as if the head had scarcely warehouse-room for the hard facts stored inside.
Mr Casby, too, was beaming near the hob, with his benevolent knobs
shining as if the warm butter of the toast were exuding through the patriarchal skull, and with his face as ruddy as if the colouring matter of the anchovy paste were mantling in the patriarchal visage.
And after that, comes Mrs Veneering, in a pervadingly aquiline state of figure, and with transparent little knobs
on her temper, like the little transparent knob
on the bridge of her nose, 'Worn out by worry and excitement,' as she tells her dear Mr Twemlow, and reluctantly revived with curacoa by the Analytical.
It was a good large room with big closets, and a bed which might have served for a whole boarding-school, to say nothing of a couple of oaken presses that would have held the baggage of a small army; but what struck Tom's fancy most was a strange, grim-looking, high backed chair, carved in the most fantastic manner, with a flowered damask cushion, and the round knobs
at the bottom of the legs carefully tied up in red cloth, as if it had got the gout in its toes.
He had besides the things before mentioned, twelve marbles, part of a jews-harp, a piece of blue bottle-glass to look through, a spool cannon, a key that wouldn't unlock anything, a fragment of chalk, a glass stopper of a decanter, a tin soldier, a couple of tadpoles, six fire-crackers, a kitten with only one eye, a brass door- knob
, a dog-collar -- but no dog -- the handle of a knife, four pieces of orange-peel, and a dilapidated old window sash.
I reached and got the paper, and then we stood up and waited perfectly still; Bud never stirred; I turned the key of the outside door very soft and slow, then turned the knob
the same way, and we went tiptoeing out onto the guard, and shut the door very soft and gentle.
This she did because she had seen something under it--a round knob
which had been covered by the leaves hanging over it.
Mordaunt, in fact, while defending himself, had manoeuvred so as to reach the secret door by which Cromwell had left, had felt for the knob
with his left hand, pressed it and disappeared.
He stood outside Miss Wilkinson's room and listened; he put his hand on the knob
of the door-handle.
On this day, then, he went directly to the door and spent hours examining it and fussing with the hinges, the knob
and the latch.
One night when the old countess, in nightcap and dressing jacket, without her false curls, and with her poor little knob
of hair showing under her white cotton cap, knelt sighing and groaning on a rug and bowing to the ground in prayer, her door creaked and Natasha, also in a dressing jacket with slippers on her bare feet and her hair in curlpapers, ran in.
But lying in her chair, with one hand behind her head, the other grasping the knob
on the arm, she was clearly following her thoughts intently.
I received no response, though I finally pounded with all my strength; then I turned the knob
and entered, only to find that she was not there.