He kissed her lips; but the night that surrounded them was rent asunder, they fled as at the approach of a storm and their eyes, filled with dread of Erik, showed them, before they disappeared, high up above them, an immense night-bird
that stared at them with its blazing eyes and seemed to cling to the string of Apollo's lyre.
Was that the cry of an animal or of a night-bird
, or did it come from human lips?
Everything tends to this effect; the stillness of the night is interrupted only by the heavy breathing of the seamen beneath the tents, and sometimes by the cry of a night-bird
. The occasional barking of a dog, heard in the distance, reminds one that it is the land of the savage.
The empty street - its other life so marked even by great lamp-lit vacancy - was within call, within touch; he stayed there as to be in it again, high above it though he was still perched; he watched as for some comforting common fact, some vulgar human note, the passage of a scavenger or a thief, some night-bird
From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird
, and once at our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that the cheetah was indeed at liberty.
He pulled the sled out, blinking like a night-bird
as he passed from the shade of the spruces into the transparent dusk of the open.
"He's the devil of a night-bird
. Not a sound, Bunny!
Then night fell in the midst of a heavy silence, sometimes broken by the cries of the pelican and other night-birds
, and the noise of the waves breaking upon the shore, chafing against the rocks, or the panting of some far-off steamer beating the waters of the Gulf with its noisy paddles.
He got up, however, and as there came no more crows, or night-birds
like the bats that flew out at the same time with the crows, the cousin and Sancho giving him rope, he lowered himself into the depths of the dread cavern; and as he entered it Sancho sent his blessing after him, making a thousand crosses over him and saying, "God, and the Pena de Francia, and the Trinity of Gaeta guide thee, flower and cream of knights-errant.
There are living sounds, too, such as are never heard under other conditions: notes of strange night-birds
, the cries of small animals in sudden encounters with stealthy foes or in their dreams, a rustling in the dead leaves--it may be the leap of a wood-rat, it may be the footfall of a panther.
Hast thy sword, I see, and the moon throws glimmer enough for such old night-birds
He had come on board breathless with the hurried winding up of his shore affairs, accompanied by two horrible night-birds
, escorted by a dock policeman on the make, received by an asthmatic shadow of a ship- keeper, warned not to make a noise in the darkness of the passage because the captain and his wife were already on board.