At last I slid off into a light doze, and had pretty nearly made a good offing towards the land of Nod, when I heard a heavy footfall
in the passage, and saw a glimmer of light come into the room from under the door.
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.
She went back to her room, seeing nothing but her own gliding shadow, hearing nothing but her own stealthy footfall
in the midnight stillness of the house.
We rose, and crept out of the hut to see what it might be that stirred, for the night drew on, and it was needful to be wary, since a dog might bark at the stirring of a leaf, or perhaps it might be the distant footfall
of an impi that it heard.
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
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.
Other footsteps, going and coming, were now heard, and a moment afterwards the noise of rustling canvas reached Dantes' ears, the bed creaked, and the heavy footfall
of a man who lifts a weight sounded on the floor; then the bed again creaked under the weight deposited upon it.
It is true Wolfert fancied more than once that he heard the sound of a stealthy footfall
at a distance behind them; but it might have been merely the echo of their own steps along the quiet streets.
They had not heard the heavy royal footfall
which sets empty cells vibrating.
Then they marched him back in charge of a drummer-boy to empty, lime-washed barracks, whose floors were covered with rubbish and string and paper, and whose ceilings gave back his lonely footfall
The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet opened his lips to reply, when we heard a heavy footfall
in the passage and a tap at the door.