1 Just then a heavy cloud passed across the face of the moon, so that we were again in darkness.
2 Without a word he shook his reins, the horses turned, and we swept into the darkness of the Pass.
3 It was on the dark side of twilight when we got to Bistritz, which is a very interesting old place.
4 This startled me, but as the effect was only momentary, I took it that my eyes deceived me straining through the darkness.
5 Then through the darkness I could see a sort of patch of grey light ahead of us, as though there were a cleft in the hills.
6 It was then very dark, and the scattered lamps made the darkness greater when we were once outside their individual radius.
7 The driver saw it at the same moment; he at once checked the horses, and, jumping to the ground, disappeared into the darkness.
8 The time seemed interminable as we swept on our way, now in almost complete darkness, for the rolling clouds obscured the moon.
9 There was some sense of freedom in the vast expanse, inaccessible though it was to me, as compared with the narrow darkness of the courtyard.
10 The driver, however, was not in the least disturbed; he kept turning his head to left and right, but I could not see anything through the darkness.
11 Then, as we flew along, the driver leaned forward, and on each side the passengers, craning over the edge of the coach, peered eagerly into the darkness.
12 When it grew dark there seemed to be some excitement amongst the passengers, and they kept speaking to him, one after the other, as though urging him to further speed.
13 Here, as we are rushing along through the darkness, with the cold from the river seeming to rise up and strike us; with all the mysterious voices of the night around us, it all comes home.
14 This monster has done much harm already, in the narrow scope where he find himself, and in the short time when as yet he was only as a body groping his so small measure in darkness and not knowing.
15 Suddenly the horror burst upon me that it was thus that Jonathan had seen those awful women growing into reality though the whirling mist in the moonlight, and in my dream I must have fainted, for all became black darkness.
16 I have a dim half-remembrance of long, anxious times of waiting and fearing; darkness in which there was not even the pain of hope to make present distress more poignant: and then long spells of oblivion, and the rising back to life as a diver coming up through a great press of water.
17 As the evening fell it began to get very cold, and the growing twilight seemed to merge into one dark mistiness the gloom of the trees, oak, beech, and pine, though in the valleys which ran deep between the spurs of the hills, as we ascended through the Pass, the dark firs stood out here and there against the background of late-lying snow.
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