In babyhood Tom cuffed and banged and scratched Chambers unrebuked, and Chambers early learned that between meekly bearing it and resenting it, the advantage all lay with the former policy.
Chambers was strong beyond his years, and a good fighter; strong because he was coarsely fed and hard worked about the house, and a good fighter because Tom furnished him plenty of practice-- on white boys whom he hated and was afraid of.
However it seemed likely that it would carry me once more safely through the crowded passages and chambers of the upper levels, and so I set out with Perry and Ghak--the stench of the illy cured pelts fairly choking me.
The chambers are lighted by diffused sunlight reflected through tubes similar to those by which the avenues are lighted.
With the latter as our guide we set off rapidly but cautiously through a maze of passages, crossing great chambers hewn from the solid metal of the cliff, following winding corridors, ascending steep inclines, and now and again concealing ourselves in dark recesses at the sound of approaching footsteps.
As I rose to my feet I glanced hurriedly about the chamber in which I had just encountered such a warm reception.
Another king would be loosed from his sealed chamber
and Ghek would be killed.
At the bottom of a flight of narrow steps the corridor turned sharply back upon itself, immediately making another turn in the original direction, so that at that point it formed a perfect letter S, the top leg of which debouched suddenly into a large chamber
, illy lighted, and the floor of which was completely covered by venomous snakes and loathsome reptiles.
A second and third door receded before me and slipped to one side as the first, before I reached a large inner chamber
where I found food and drink set out upon a great stone table.
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me -- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating "'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber
door -- Some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber
door; -- This it is, and nothing more."
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me--filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating "'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber
door-- Some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber
door; This it is and nothing more."
When I entered my chamber
I did not notice anything unusual there.
She led him back to the chamber
beneath the altar room.
This Tartarus was called simply, The Question Chamber
He first of all took advantage of Rosa's absence to make himself fully acquainted with all the peculiarities of the door of her chamber
. The lock was a double one and in good order, but Rosa always took the key with her.