But the grim-faced colonel still sat sideways on the counter
, swinging his long, lank legs and biting his dark moustache.
They spoke of fire and massacre, of cruelties and counter
cruelties, of things that had been done to harmless Asiatics by race-mad men, of the wholesale burning and smashing up of towns, railway junctions, bridges, of whole populations in hiding and exodus.
Fynes," he said, lifting the flap of the counter and coming out.
He laid his hat upon the counter, close to which he had taken up his position, and smoothed back with his left hand his somewhat thick black hair.
Before I had fairly risen, he had again turned to the counter
, and with a barely audible "so," had emptied the bottle at a gulp.
Then I'll have ONE, please,' said Alice, as she put the money down on the counter
The woman lifted the flap of the counter
and followed him.
With a firm, steady-eyed impudence, which seemed to hold back the threat of some abominable menace, he would proceed to sell over the counter some object looking obviously and scandalously not worth the money which passed in the transaction: a small cardboard box with apparently nothing inside, for instance, or one of those carefully closed yellow flimsy envelopes, or a soiled volume in paper covers with a promising title.
Steady-eyed like her husband, she preserved an air of unfathomable indifference behind the rampart of the counter.
He addressed the envelope on the counter with the German name of a certain person living in Vienna.
One could see from a distance the inner wall with its scantily furnished shelves, and the deal counter painted brown.
Two were playing dominoes at one of the little tables; three or four were seated round the stove, conversing as they smoked; the billiard-table in the centre was left alone for the time; the landlady of the Daybreak sat behind her little counter
among her cloudy bottles of syrups, baskets of cakes, and leaden drainage for glasses, working at her needle.
Coffin-plates, elm-chips, bright-headed nails, and shreds of black cloth, lay scattered on the floor; and the wall behind the counter
was ornamented with a lively representation of two mutes in very stiff neckcloths, on duty at a large private door, with a hearse drawn by four black steeds, approaching in the distance.
It is so dark that nothing can be made out in it, over a little counter
, but another tallow candle in another old tin candlestick, close to the face of a man stooping low in a chair.
Winkle stepped into the little shop where the gilt-labelled drawers and bottles were; and finding nobody there, knocked with a half-crown on the counter
, to attract the attention of anybody who might happen to be in the back parlour, which he judged to be the innermost and peculiar sanctum of the establishment, from the repetition of the word surgery on the door-- painted in white letters this time, by way of taking off the monotony.