The young man glanced at the clock again and frowned darkly.
Well, at 6 o'clock I stood in that house with the young lady I am-- that is, I was--engaged to.
Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.
And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay.
It was evident, however, that just at this moment the fellow in the steeple was doing something that he had no business to do with the clock. But as it now began to strike, nobody had any time to attend to his manoeuvres, for they had all to count the strokes of the bell as it sounded.
"That we will stick by our clocks and our cabbages."
You'd be wanting the clock
set by gentlefolks's time, would you?
I looked at the clock
; it pointed to ten minutes past eleven.
'Wait till he's a widder and works like you do, and gets as little, and does as much, and keeps his spirit up the same, and then I'll ask him what's o'clock
and trust him for being right to half a second.'
Just as in a clock
, the result of the complicated motion of innumerable wheels and pulleys is merely a slow and regular movement of the hands which show the time, so the result of all the complicated human activities of 160,000 Russians and French- all their passions, desires, remorse, humiliations, sufferings, outbursts of pride, fear, and enthusiasm- was only the loss of the battle of Austerlitz, the so-called battle of the three Emperors- that is to say, a slow movement of the hand on the dial of human history.
Sabin glanced at the clock
for the third time, and rose to his feet.
In two bounds he was at the Louvre; as he entered the wicket of L'Echelle, ten o'clock
, click, clock
; with each beat of the strangely shaped wings it jumped Bert upward and caught him neatly again half a second later on the saddle.
He suddenly observed, hung over the clock
, a card which, upon inspection, proved to be a programme of the daily routine of the house.
Verily, in those have I mine amusement: wherever I find such clocks
I shall wind them up with my mockery, and they shall even whirr thereby!