1 But she knew from her reading infinitely more of the ways of toiling insects than of these toiling men and women.
2 With these two men she ran to another half-a-mile further, and with that one to another, while they ran elsewhere.
3 He had been for many years, a quiet silent man, associating but little with other men, and used to companionship with his own thoughts.
4 It was one of the most exasperating attributes of Bounderby, that he not only sang his own praises but stimulated other men to sing them.
5 For, now, the rope came in, tightened and strained to its utmost as it appeared, and the men turned heavily, and the windlass complained.
6 By general consent, they even avoided that side of the street on which he habitually walked; and left it, of all the working men, to him only.
7 The consultation ended in the men returning to the windlass, and the pitman going down again, carrying the wine and some other small matters with him.
8 These men and women were yet in the streets, passing quietly to their homes, when Sissy, who had been called away from Louisa some minutes before, returned.
9 Every sound of insects in the air, every stirring of the leaves, every whisper among these men, made Sissy tremble, for she thought it was a cry at the bottom of the pit.
10 The sun was four hours lower than when Sissy and Rachael had first sat down upon the grass, before a means of enabling two men to descend securely was rigged with poles and ropes.
11 As the rope went out, tight and strained, and the windlass creaked, there was not a breath among the one or two hundred men and women looking on, that came as it was wont to come.
12 The men called and listened as she had done, and examined the edge of the chasm, and settled how it had happened, and then sat down to wait until the implements they wanted should come up.
13 Both Mr. Childers and Master Kidderminster walked in a curious manner; with their legs wider apart than the general run of men, and with a very knowing assumption of being stiff in the knees.
14 The smoke-serpents were indifferent who was lost or found, who turned out bad or good; the melancholy mad elephants, like the Hard Fact men, abated nothing of their set routine, whatever happened.
15 There being now people enough present to impede the work, the sobered man put himself at the head of the rest, or was put there by the general consent, and made a large ring round the Old Hell Shaft, and appointed men to keep it.
16 Not a sound was audible in the building, but the slight rustle of men moving a little apart, all along the centre of the room, to open a means of passing out, to the man with whom they had all bound themselves to renounce companionship.
17 There was a piece of ornamental water immediately below the parapet, on the other side, into which Mr. James Harthouse had a very strong inclination to pitch Mr. Thomas Gradgrind junior, as the injured men of Coketown threatened to pitch their property into the Atlantic.
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