Removing the fire-board from the front of the try-works, the bare masonry of that side is exposed, penetrated by the two iron
mouths of the furnaces, directly underneath the pots.
On the tops of the columns was reared a dome or cupola, resembling in shape an inverted tea-cup without its bottom, from the centre of which projected a spire, or shaft of wood, transfixed with two iron
rods, that bore on their ends the letters N.
In its surface were two iron
staples, distant from each other about two feet, horizontally.
Monte Cristo looked in turn at the two iron
handles by which the machine was worked.
At the same time he felt the duke's arms on his shoulders like two iron
claws; but instead either of calling out or defending himself, he placed his forefinger on his lips and said in a low tone:
There is no visible deck, even: nothing but a long, black, ugly roof covered with burnt-out feathery sparks; above which tower two iron
chimneys, and a hoarse escape valve, and a glass steerage-house.
He saw in imagination two iron
discs, or ear-drums, far apart and connected by an electrified wire, catching the vibrations of sound at one end, and reproducing them at the other.
I made my way to the poor child, who was one of the dirtiest little unfortunates I ever saw, and found him very hot and frightened and crying loudly, fixed by the neck between two iron
railings, while a milkman and a beadle, with the kindest intentions possible, were endeavouring to drag him back by the legs, under a general impression that his skull was compressible by those means.
Beside this breviary is a narrow, arched window, closed by two iron
bars in the form of a cross, and looking on the square; the only opening which admits a small quantity of light and air to a little cell without a door, constructed on the ground-floor, in the thickness of the walls of the old house, and filled with a peace all the more profound, with a silence all the more gloomy, because a public place, the most populous and most noisy in Paris swarms and shrieks around it.
For a dozen paces their great steeds trotted slowly toward one another but presently the knights urged them into full gallop, and when the two iron
men on their iron trapped chargers came together in the center of the glade it was with all the terrific impact of full charge.
A life-size Jack-in-the-box, he had thrust his head through a lid within the lid, cut by himself between the two iron
bands that ran round the chest like the straps of a portmanteau.
But, this once done, was quite satisfactory, and he rested persuaded, that he knew his way about the house blindfold: from the barred garrets in the high roof, to the two iron
extinguishers before the main door--which seemed to request all lively visitors to have the kindness to put themselves out, before entering.