One Evening in December as my Father, my Mother and myself, were arranged in social converse round our Fireside, we were on a sudden greatly astonished, by hearing a violent knocking
on the outward door of our rustic Cot.
Suddenly there was a loud knocking
at the house door.
There were three distinct stages in the evolution of Annette Brougham's attitude towards the knocking
in the room above.
They had sat thus, some time, when suddenly was heard a hurried knocking
at the door below.
There was a knocking
heard at the Palace gate, and the old King went to open it.
All at once there was heard a violent knocking
at the door, and the old King, the Prince's father, went out himself to open it.
At dawn he opened his eyes just as a loud knocking
sounded at the door.
In this short interval the knocking
came again, and a voice close to the window--a voice the locksmith seemed to recollect, and to have some disagreeable association with--whispered 'Make haste.'
From the county jail where he had been confined to await his trial he had escaped by knocking
down his jailer with an iron bar, robbing him of his keys and, opening the outer door, walking out into the night.
'The circumstance which directed his thoughts into a new channel was a loud knocking
at the street door, and the person who made this loud knocking
at the street door was no other than old Lobbs himself, who had unexpectedly returned, and was hammering away, like a coffin-maker; for he wanted his supper.
Daniel Quilp of Tower Hill, and Sampson Brass of Bevis Marks in the city of London, Gentleman, one of her Majesty's attornies of the Courts of the King's Bench and Common Pleas at Westminster and a solicitor of the High Court of Chancery, slumbered on, unconscious and unsuspicious of any mischance, until a knocking
on the street door, often repeated and gradually mounting up from a modest single rap to a perfect battery of knocks, fired in long discharges with a very short interval between, caused the said Daniel Quilp to struggle into a horizontal position, and to stare at the ceiling with a drowsy indifference, betokening that he heard the noise and rather wondered at the same, and couldn't be at the trouble of bestowing any further thought upon the subject.
OBSERVING the steady fall of the barometer, Captain MacWhirr thought, "There's some dirty weather knocking
about." This is precisely what he thought.