Always of a sedate, taciturn disposition, he now fell into so deep a dejection that nothing could hold his attention, yet anything--a footfall
, the sudden closing of a door--aroused in him a fitful interest; one might have called it an apprehension.
At last, upon a pledge that each should apply to his family with a common frankness, this convention of unhappy young asses broke up, went down the common stair, and in the grey of the spring morning, with the streets lying dead empty all about them, the lamps burning on into the daylight in diminished lustre, and the birds beginning to sound premonitory notes from the groves of the town gardens, went each his own way with bowed head and echoing footfall
I found the hot stream broadened out to a shallow, weedy sand, in which an abundance of crabs and long-bodied, many-legged creatures started from my footfall
A waste of unused passages and staircases in which to drop a comb upon a bedroom floor at night is to send a stealthy footfall
on an errand through the house.
Again I remarked his lameness and the soft padding sound of his footfall
, and standing up in my place, I saw his feet as he went out.
The Company had marched to the turn of the road ere Sir Nigel Loring rode out from the gateway, mounted on Pommers, his great black war-horse, whose ponderous footfall
on the wooden drawbridge echoed loudly from the gloomy arch which spanned it.
Maggie obeyed, wondering; but her father gave no further orders, and only sat listening for Tom's footfall
on the gravel, apparently irritated by the wind, which had risen, and was roaring so as to drown all other sounds.
It was a pine wood, with so thick and soft a carpet of brown needles that one's footfall
made no more sound than if he were treading on wool; the tree-trunks were as round and straight and smooth as pillars, and stood close together; they were bare of branches to a point about twenty-five feet above-ground, and from there upward so thick with boughs that not a ray of sunlight could pierce through.
It was coming towards them at a swift pace, so they turned and ran, taking care to make as little noise as possible, either by their footfalls
or by disturbing the undergrowth close to them.
While so engaged he was half conscious of the rapid opening and closing of the outer door, of footfalls
sounding all about him.
The statuettes and pictures in Eva's room were shrouded in white napkins, and only hushed breathings and muffled footfalls
were heard there, and the light stole in solemnly through windows partially darkened by closed blinds.
Soon we could hear their footfalls
as they ran and the cracking of the branches as they breasted across a bit of thicket.