"Dearest," said the little princess after breakfast on the morning of the nineteenth March, and her downy little lip rose from old habit, but as sorrow was manifest in every smile, the sound of every word, and even every footstep
in that house since the terrible news had come, so now the smile of the little princess- influenced by the general mood though without knowing its cause- was such as to remind one still more of the general sorrow.
There was a great hurry in the streets of people speeding away to get shelter before the storm broke; the wonderful corner for echoes resounded with the echoes of footsteps
coming and going, yet not a footstep
And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep
gleams -- In what ethereal dances, By what eternal streams.
The frank-hearted stranger had just drawn his chair to the fire when something like a heavy footstep
was heard without, rushing down the steep side of the mountain, as with long and rapid strides, and taking such a leap in passing the cottage as to strike the opposite precipice.
At length, just upon break of day, there was a footstep
in the street, and presently she could hear Mr Tappertit stop at the door.
"Here is the palpable impression of the footstep
of a man," cried Heyward, bending over the indicated spot; "he has trod in the margin of this pool, and the mark cannot be mistaken.
I awaited the coming of daylight and then went down to the front of the chateau, and made a detour, examining every trace of footsteps
coming towards it or going from it.
He asked a man felling oaks in the forest if he had seen any marks of his footsteps
or knew where his lair was.
He took me down lower on the shore, and I saw for myself that his footsteps
and mine were the only footsteps
printed off on the sand.
There was a noise as of the opening and closing of the hall door; he heard quick, heavy footsteps
along the passage--heard them ascend the stairs--heard them on the uncarpeted floor of the chamber immediately overhead.
When the footsteps
were heard, therefore, between the outer door and the inner one, the whole family rose up, grandmother, children, and all, as if about to welcome some one who belonged to them, and whose fate was linked with theirs.
She heard neither voices nor footsteps
, and wondered if everybody had got well of the cholera and all the trouble was over.