1 This looked like some new scheme of villainy.
2 I drew back behind the stonework, and looked carefully out.
3 They came close to me, and looked at me for some time, and then whispered together.
4 I was afraid to raise my eyelids, but looked out and saw perfectly under the lashes.
5 The strange driver evidently heard the words, for he looked up with a gleaming smile.
6 As soon as I dared I ran up the winding stair, and looked out of the window, which opened south.
7 The women looked pretty, except when you got near them, but they were very clumsy about the waist.
8 He and his wife, the old lady who had received me, looked at each other in a frightened sort of way.
9 We were both silent for a while; and as I looked towards the window I saw the first dim streak of the coming dawn.
10 When I had done, I looked for a bell, so that I might let the servants know I had finished; but I could not find one.
11 The women closed round, whilst I was aghast with horror; but as I looked they disappeared, and with them the dreadful bag.
12 By-and-by, however, as I was curious to know how time was passing, I struck a match, and by its flame looked at my watch; it was within a few minutes of midnight.
13 In the gloom the courtyard looked of considerable size, and as several dark ways led from it under great round arches, it perhaps seemed bigger than it really is.
14 As I looked back I saw the steam from the horses of the coach by the light of the lamps, and projected against it the figures of my late companions crossing themselves.
15 I could hear a lot of words often repeated, queer words, for there were many nationalities in the crowd; so I quietly got my polyglot dictionary from my bag and looked them out.
16 The horses jumped about and reared, and looked helplessly round with eyes that rolled in a way painful to see; but the living ring of terror encompassed them on every side; and they had perforce to remain within it.
17 Then he took up my two and placed them with his own, and put by his writing materials, after which, the instant the door had closed behind him, I leaned over and looked at the letters, which were face down on the table.
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