His blue handkerchief was spread over his knees, as was usual indoors, when it was not hanging over his head; and he sat watching what went forward with the quiet OUTWARD glance of healthy old age, which, disengaged from any interest in an inward drama, spies out pins upon the floor, follows one's minutest motions with an unexpectant purposeless tenacity, watches the flickering of the flame or the sun-gleams on the wall, counts the quarries on the floor, watches even the hand of the clock
, and pleases itself with detecting a rhythm in the tick.
It was situated on the Boulevard Haussmann, on the first floor, and consisted of a series of rooms, gilded from floor to ceiling a foot thick, draped in various light shades of satin, and chiefly furnished with mirrors and clocks
If a family clock
was intrusted to him for repair,--one of those tall, ancient clocks
that have grown nearly allied to human nature by measuring out the lifetime of many generations,--he would take upon himself to arrange a dance or funeral procession of figures across its venerable face, representing twelve mirthful or melancholy hours.
And, indeed the case was just the same with all the other clocks
and watches in the borough.
I have a very pretty little room--without any carpet, but with seven mirrors, two clocks
, and five curtains.
Liza-Lu then went to bed, and Tess, locking them all in, started on her way up the dark and crooked lane or street not made for hasty progress; a street laid out before inches of land had value, and when one-handed clocks
sufficiently subdivided the day.
The heavy carpets, the watchful servants, the perpetually reminding tick of disciplined clocks
, the perpetually renewed stack of cards and invitations on the hall table, the whole chain of tyrannical trifles binding one hour to the next, and each member of the household to all the others, made any less systematised and affluent existence seem unreal and precarious.
He carries himself like an eight-day clock
at all times, like one of a race of eight-day clocks
in gorgeous cases that never go and never went--Ha ha ha
It was past eleven, and the clocks
had come into their reign, the grandfather's clock
in the hall ticking in competition with the small clock
on the landing.
Nor was he startled without reason; for these rattling, bony skeletons of clocks
are very disconcerting in their operation, and I wonder very much how any set of men, but most of all how Dutchmen, can have had a liking to invent them.
I'll give her the ten minutes and then I'm off," he muttered, and then aloud to the Prince: "I'll join you in confounding all clocks
, my friend, and throw in women, too.
And others are there who are like eight-day clocks
when wound up; they tick, and want people to call ticking--virtue.
As the clock
struck eleven we were at the door, for Jerry was always punctual.
I entered an empty lecture-room one day just before the clock
When it seemed to him that it must be nearly daylight, he heard the clock