'The circumstance which directed his thoughts into a new channel was a loud knocking at the street door
, and the person who made this loud knocking at the street door
was no other than old Lobbs himself, who had unexpectedly returned, and was hammering away, like a coffin-maker; for he wanted his supper.
Having no friend to ask in, I went to the street door and stood looking at the people passing this way and that.
"I put on my bonnet, and slipped the key of the street door into my pocket.
The Fynes watched the door, the closed street door inimical somehow to their benevolent thoughts, the face of the house cruelly impenetrable.
Then with common accord turned their eyes back to the street door, closed, massive, dark; the great, clear-brass knocker shining in a quiet slant of sunshine cut by a diagonal line of heavy shade filling the further end of the street.
Nay, retire men cannot when they would, neither will they, when it were reason; but are impatient of privateness, even in age and sickness, which require the shadow; like old townsmen, that will be still sitting at their street door
, though thereby they offer age to scom.
Open the street door, Judy; put these blusterers out!
Bagnet, laying his hands on the shoulders of his comrade before the latter can recover from his amazement, gets him on the outside of the street door, which is instantly slammed by the triumphant Judy.
Passepartout heard the street door
shut once; it was his new master going out.
The eye he had, was unquestionably useful, but decidedly not ornamental: being of a greenish grey, and in shape resembling the fan-light of a street door
. The blank side of his face was much wrinkled and puckered up, which gave him a very sinister appearance, especially when he smiled, at which times his expression bordered closely on the villainous.
But, to their surprise, before they could reach the street door
,--even before they quitted the room in which the foregoing interview had passed,--they heard footsteps in the farther passage.
A very wide hall leads to the street door
, and in this the women sit, the most of the day.