He locked and unlocked his hands over the grate
and spread his fingers close to the bluish flame, while the coals crackled and the clock ticked and a street vendor began to call under the window.
The mass of hot coals tumbled down in the grate, and he turned to look at them .
He counted the strokes, and gazing at the grate seemed to wait for more.
leaflets, stretched out his robust legs, keeping the soles of his boots turned up to the glow in the grate.
A silence fell; but what with the two gas-jets over the table and the glowing grate the little parlour behind Mr Verloc's shop had become frightfully hot.
The coals in the grate settled down with a slight crash; and Michaelis, the hermit of visions in the desert of a penitentiary, got up impetuously.
The fair little face, touched with divine compassion, as it peeped shrinkingly through the grate, was like an angel's in the prison.
said the jailer, putting his little daughter on the outer ledge of the grate, 'she shall feed the birds.
that John Baptist felt it a point of honour to reply at the grate, and in good time and tune, though a little hoarsely:
Now, Monsieur Rigaud,' said he, pausing for a moment at the grate, with his keys in his hands, 'have the goodness to come out.
As he yet stood clasping the grate with both hands, an uproar broke upon his hearing; yells, shrieks, oaths, threats, execrations, all comprehended in it, though (as in a storm) nothing but a raging swell of sound distinctly heard.
Excited into a still greater resemblance to a caged wild animal by his anxiety to know more, the prisoner leaped nimbly down, ran round the chamber, leaped nimbly up again, clasped the grate and tried to shake it, leaped down and ran, leaped up and listened, and never rested until the noise, becoming more and more distant, had died away.
After another silence, broken only by the fall of the ashes in the grate, which attracted the informer's attention as if it were the chinking of money, Mortimer Lightwood leaned over his friend, and said in a whisper:
While extinguishing the candles, Lightwood, quite as a matter of course took up the glass from which that honest gentleman had drunk, and coolly tossed it under the grate, where it fell shivering into fragments.