Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted
by any tangible form.
But that night, when Marilla went to bed, acutely and miserably conscious that the little gable room at the end of the hall was untenanted
by any vivid young life and unstirred by any soft breathing, she buried her face in her pillow, and wept for her girl in a passion of sobs that appalled her when she grew calm enough to reflect how very wicked it must be to take on so about a sinful fellow creature.
The warriors occupied the buildings with the chieftains to whose retinues they belonged; or, if they preferred, sought shelter among any of the thousands of untenanted
buildings in their own quarter of town; each community being assigned a certain section of the city.
The whole landscape seemed one unbroken solitude, the interior of the island having apparently been untenanted
since the morning of the creation; and as we advanced through this wilderness, our voices sounded strangely in our ears, as though human accents had never before disturbed the fearful silence of the place, interrupted only by the low murmurings of distant waterfalls.
All, however, was silent, and apparently untenanted
by a human being.
"furnished apartments" viewed in the morning sunlight do not inspire cheery sensations.
When Ethan was called back to the farm by his father's illness his mother gave him, for his own use, a small room behind the untenanted
"best parlour." Here he had nailed up shelves for his books, built himself a box-sofa out of boards and a mattress, laid out his papers on a kitchen-table, hung on the rough plaster wall an engraving of Abraham Lincoln and a calendar with "Thoughts from the Poets," and tried, with these meagre properties, to produce some likeness to the study of a "minister" who had been kind to him and lent him books when he was at Worcester.
Presently, as he turned a corner and shot his hearse into a dismal ditch between two long rows of towering, untenanted
buildings, the gay gondolier began to sing, true to the traditions of his race.
They appeared untenanted
; but I decided to watch for a while before venturing farther.
The sight of them nearly caused the old fellow to die of fright, for to see fifty armed men issue from the untenanted
halls was well reckoned to blanch even a braver cheek.
At length they turned into a very filthy narrow street, nearly full of old-clothes shops; the dog running forward, as if conscious that there was no further occasion for his keeping on guard, stopped before the door of a shop that was closed and apparently untenanted
; the house was in a ruinous condition, and on the door was nailed a board, intimating that it was to let: which looked as if it had hung there for many years.
The house had been untenanted
for some years and was threatening to moulder into a picturesque decay when the Douglases took possession of it.