This clamor of the wind through the lonely house; the Judge's quietude, as he sits invisible; and that pertinacious ticking
of his watch!
The rhythmical and, if I may so say, well-modulated undulation of the back in our ladies of Circular rank is envied and imitated by the wife of a common Equilateral, who can achieve nothing beyond a mere monotonous swing, like the ticking
of a pendulum; and the regular tick of the Equilateral is no less admired and copied by the wife of the progressive and aspiring Isosceles, in the females of whose family no "back-motion" of any kind has become as yet a necessity of life.
All slept; the gas in the hall had been left faintly burning to light his return; a dreadful stillness reigned, broken by the deep ticking
of the eight-day clock.
In spite of all that has happened since, I still remember that vigil very distinctly: the black and silent observatory, the shadowed lantern throwing a feeble glow upon the floor in the corner, the steady ticking
of the clockwork of the tele- scope, the little slit in the roof--an oblong profundity with the stardust streaked across it.
So the hours passed, to the loud ticking
of the old day-clock and the sound of Adam's tools.