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With strained ears, I listened, and heard downstairs the grinding of the key in the great lock and the falling back of the heavy door.
Under his stringy black locks I saw his ear; it jumped upon me suddenly close to my face.
I could not help feeling that if he obtained some evidence for his senses by any sort of noise, voice, or movement, his madness would gain strength enough to burst the lock.
And as she leaned down to drink, the lock of hair fell from her bosom, and floated away with the water.
Her fearful curiosity was every moment growing greater; and seizing, with trembling hands, the hasp of the lock, she resolved at all hazards to satisfy herself at least as to its contents.
I have stood and watched it, sometimes, when you could not see any water at all, but only a brilliant tangle of bright blazers, and gay caps, and saucy hats, and many-coloured parasols, and silken rugs, and cloaks, and streaming ribbons, and dainty whites; when looking down into the lock from the quay, you might fancy it was a huge box into which flowers of every hue and shade had been thrown pell-mell, and lay piled up in a rainbow heap, that covered every corner.
Boxtel at first entertained an idea of stealing the key, but it soon occurred to him, not only that it would be exceedingly difficult to abstract it from her pocket, but also that, when she perceived her loss, she would not leave her room until the lock was changed, and then Boxtel's first theft would be useless.
Before leaving the room again she acted on Lady Montbarry's advice, and tried the key in the lock of the dressing-room door.
This poem is called the Rape of the Lock--rape meaning theft, and the lock not the lock of a door, but a lock of hair.
When the next night came I heard him lock the door softly in his own room.
Better now--very sudden--stupid of me--to lock myself in.
We heard her lock the door and shoot the bolt, so that I could not help laughing, and said to Monsieur: "There's Mademoiselle double-locking herself in,--she must be afraid of the 'Bete du bon Dieu