It is the ticking
of the Judge's watch, which, ever since Hepzibah left the room in search of Clifford, he has been holding in his hand.
There was a silence that could be felt in the little kitchen; a silence only broken by the ticking
of the tall clock and the beating of Rebecca's heart, which, it seemed to her, almost drowned the voice of the clock.
No sounds but the steady ticking
of the clock, and the lumpish snoring of a large dog stretched on a mat outside the dining-room door, disturbed the mysterious morning stillness of hall and staircase.
Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking
a sonorous sermon under his flapped waist-coat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.
What intolerable dulness to sit listening to the ticking
of the clock; and watching Miss Murdstone's little shiny steel beads as she strung them; and wondering whether she would ever be married, and if so, to what sort of unhappy man; and counting the divisions in the moulding of the chimney-piece; and wandering away, with my eyes, to the ceiling, among the curls and corkscrews in the paper on the wall!
Indeed, it seemed impossible for either of us to remain much longer in the house; the fall of coals in the kitchen grate, the very ticking
of the clock, filled us with alarms.
The formal monotonous ticking
of the Louis Quatorze clock annoyed him.