As I sat there in that now lonely room; the fire burning low, in that mild stage when, after its first intensity has warmed the air, it then only glows to be looked at; the evening shades and phantoms gathering round the casements
, and peering in upon us silent, solitary twain; the storm booming without in solemn swells; I began to be sensible of strange feelings.
The spoken words that are inaudible among the flying spindles; those same words are plainly heard without the walls, bursting from the opened casements
I, too, in the grey, small, antique structure, with its low roof, its latticed casements
, its mouldering walls, its avenue of aged firs--all grown aslant under the stress of mountain winds; its garden, dark with yew and holly--and where no flowers but of the hardiest species would bloom--found a charm both potent and permanent.
I uttered an ejaculation of discontent at seeing the dismal grate, and commenced shutting the casements
, one after another, till I came to his.
By degrees, as they could bear no more, they dropped off one by one, and lights twinkled in little casements
; which lights, as the casements
darkened, and more stars came out, seemed to have shot up into the sky instead of having been extinguished.
Thus speaking, and having carefully shaded his lamp, he hurried to one of the casements
, and threw it freely open to the storm.
The shadows are many, and the wind breathes cold through the broken battlements and casements
He was asking me to draw aside the curtain from the window, and to open the casements
In truth, that the red simar which occupied the wonted place was his no longer, was still more strikingly obvious from the isolation which seemed, as we have observed, more appropriate to a phantom than a living creature -- from the corridors deserted by courtiers, and courts crowded with guards -- from that spirit of bitter ridicule, which, arising from the streets below, penetrated through the very casements
of the room, which resounded with the murmurs of a whole city leagued against the minister; as well as from the distant and incessant sounds of guns firing -- let off, happily, without other end or aim, except to show to the guards, the Swiss troops and the military who surrounded the Palais Royal, that the people were possessed of arms.
I have heard also How such strange magic lurks within these shells That at their bidding casements
open wide And Innocence puts vine-leaves in her hair, And wantons like a maenad.
Here and there were new brick houses and shops, just set up by bustling, driving, and eager men of traffic from the Atlantic States; while, on the other hand, the old French mansions, with open casements
, still retained the easy, indolent air of the original colonists; and now and then the scraping of a fiddle, a strain of an ancient French song, or the sound of billiard balls, showed that the happy Gallic turn for gayety and amusement still lingered about the place.
Newman's eyes, at this moment, were wandering round the room, which struck him as rather sad and shabby; passing from the high casements
, with their small, thickly-framed panes, to the sallow tints of two or three portraits in pastel, of the last century, which hung between them.