The guest reclined, inert, upon a chair, while the room, confused in speech as though it were an apartment in Babel
, tried to discourse to him of its divers tenantry.
But the builders of the Tower of Babel
were quite modest and domestic people, like mice, compared with old Aladdin.
Unbelieving Philosophers who were remodelling the world with words, and making card-towers of Babel
to scale the skies with, talked with Unbelieving Chemists who had an eye on the transmutation of metals, at this wonderful gathering accumulated by Monseigneur.
He comes to a gateway in the brick wall, looks in, and sees a great perplexity of iron lying about in every stage and in a vast variety of shapes--in bars, in wedges, in sheets; in tanks, in boilers, in axles, in wheels, in cogs, in cranks, in rails; twisted and wrenched into eccentric and perverse forms as separate parts of machinery; mountains of it broken up, and rusty in its age; distant furnaces of it glowing and bubbling in its youth; bright fireworks of it showering about under the blows of the steam-hammer; red-hot iron, white-hot iron, cold-black iron; an iron taste, an iron smell, and a Babel
of iron sounds.
The great symbol of architecture, Babel
, is a hive.
The whole forest became suddenly a babel
of hoarse screams and shrill shrieks.