But the grim-faced colonel still sat sideways on the counter
, swinging his long, lank legs and biting his dark moustache.
I had, however, brought a bit of candle with me from my room; and in the strong-room, which was down some narrow stairs behind the counter
in the banking-chamber, I had no hesitation in lighting it.
The evening visitors - the men with collars turned up and soft hats rammed down - nodded familiarly to Mrs Verloc, and with a muttered greeting, lifted up the flap at the end of the counter
in order to pass into the back parlour, which gave access to a passage and to a steep flight of stairs.
A sallow, thinly whiskered man, wearing a dingy white collar and a frayed tie, laid down a newspaper, and, leaning familiarly on both elbows far over the bare counter, answered that the person I was inquiring for was indeed his
From behind the bare counter he went on smiling at us, his head held between his hands.
In the shop the sickly man was studying his smudgy newspaper, now spread out largely on the counter.
The landlady having given her directions for the new guest's entertainment to her husband, who acted as cook to the Break of Day, had resumed her needlework behind her counter.
Nothing was astir there but the smell of coffee, wine, tobacco, and syrups; and madame's little counter looked ghastly enough.
Bumble entered the shop; and supporting his cane against the counter, drew forth his large leathern pocket-book: from which he selected a small scrap of paper, which he handed over to Sowerberry.
Bumble's mind in full force, he struck the counter sharply with his cane, and became flushed with indignation.
With slowly dawning remembrance, Mr Venus rises, and holds his candle over the little counter, and holds it down towards the legs, natural and artificial, of Mr Wegg.
The little counter being so short a counter that it leaves the fireplace, which would have been behind it if it had been longer, accessible, Mr Wegg sits down on a box in front of the fire, and inhales a warm and comfortable smell which is not the smell of the shop.
At the first knock, a sound, as of persons fencing with fire- irons, which had until now been very audible, suddenly ceased; at the second, a studious-looking young gentleman in green spectacles, with a very large book in his hand, glided quietly into the shop, and stepping behind the counter, requested to know the visitor's pleasure.
roared the studious young gentleman, throwing the large book up into the air, and catching it with great dexterity at the very moment when it threatened to smash to atoms all the bottles on the counter.
Simple tradesmen jumped their counters
to become extemporized captains, colonels, and generals, without having ever passed the School of Instruction at West Point; nevertheless; they quickly rivaled their compeers of the old continent, and, like them, carried off victories by dint of lavish expenditure in ammunition, money, and men.