Now, for prudent, most wise, and economic reasons, the blacksmith's shop was in the basement of his dwelling, but with a separate entrance to it; so that always had the young and loving healthy wife listened with no unhappy nervousness, but with vigorous pleasure, to the stout ringing of her young-armed old husband's hammer; whose reverberations
, muffled by passing through the floors and walls, came up to her, not unsweetly, in her nursery; and so, to stout Labor's iron lullaby, the blacksmith's infants were rocked to slumber.
No, it was man alone who had produced these reddish vapors, these gigantic flames worthy of a volcano itself, these tremendous vibrations resembling the shock of an earthquake, these reverberations
rivaling those of hurricanes and storms; and it was his hand which precipitated into an abyss, dug by himself, a whole Niagara of molten metal!
Among the fallen rocks the breakers spouted and bellowed; loud reverberations
, heavy sprays flying and falling, succeeded one another from second to second; and I saw myself, if I ventured nearer, dashed to death upon the rough shore or spending my strength in vain to scale the beetling crags.
But I do not think it is so much surcharged as 'Esmond;' 'Barry Lyndon' is by no manner of means so conscious as that mirror of gentlemanhood, with its manifold self- reverberations
; and for these reasons I am inclined to think he is the most perfect creation of Thackeray's mind.
We stood ready to count the astonishing clatter of reverberations
. We could not say one, two, three, fast enough, but we could dot our notebooks with our pencil points almost rapidly enough to take down a sort of short-hand report of the result.
The thunderclaps, treading one on the heels of another and with a strange crackling accompaniment, sounded more like the working of a gigantic electric machine than the usual detonating reverberations
. The flickering light was blinding and confusing, and a thin hail smote gustily at my face as I drove down the slope.
All this time, the roll of the drum had been approaching through Cornhill, louder and deeper, till with reverberations
from house to house, and the regular tramp of martial footsteps, it burst into the street.
Dimmesdale's outcry, and interpreted it, with its multitudinous echoes and reverberations
, as the clamour of the fiends and night-hags, with whom she was well known to make excursions in the forest.
All the news that could be gained was that remotenesses of the cavern were being ransacked that had never been visited before; that every corner and crevice was going to be thoroughly searched; that wherever one wandered through the maze of passages, lights were to be seen flitting hither and thither in the distance, and shoutings and pistol- shots sent their hollow reverberations
to the ear down the sombre aisles.
The thunderbolt without the reverberations
of thunder would frighten man but little, though the danger lies in the lightning, not in the noise.
old man!” she called aloud, in every direction; but no answer was given, excepting the reverberations
of her own clear tones, as they were echoed in the parched forest.
But the thin, piping tones swelled a hundred years later into the sullen roar of the French Revolution, and civilization to this day is quivering to the reverberations
of his voice.