There had been a crowd
following all the way, owing to the exuberance of Marija Berczynskas.
Of course, it would have been best, all round, for Merlin to waive etiquette and quit and call it half a day, since he would never be able to start that water, for he was a true magician of the time; which is to say, the big miracles, the ones that gave him his repu- tation, always had the luck to be performed when nobody but Merlin was present; he couldn't start this well with all this crowd
around to see; a crowd
was as bad for a magician's miracle in that day as it was for a spiritualist's miracle in mine; there was sure to be some skeptic on hand to turn up the gas at the crucial moment and spoil everything.
Folks got up everywheres in the crowd
, and worked their way just by main strength to the mourners' bench, with the tears running down their faces; and when all the mourners had got up there to the front benches in a crowd
, they sung and shouted and flung themselves down on the straw, just crazy and wild.
Then a man spoke from the crowd
, and said that while he was very sorry that the mistake had been made, it would not be possible to rectify it at the present meeting.
was about the door; no people were discernible at any of the many windows; not even a chance passerby was in the street.
Why did I walk through crowds
of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode
and clean forgetting to be shy, or polite to my companion, I hastened across to her, to be greeted instantly in a manner so exclusively intimate that the little crowd
about her presently spread itself among the other crowds
, and we were left to talk alone.
Mendicants were of course assembled by the score, together with strolling soldiers returned from Palestine, (according to their own account at least,) pedlars were displaying their wares, travelling mechanics were enquiring after employment, and wandering palmers, hedge-priests, Saxon minstrels, and Welsh bards, were muttering prayers, and extracting mistuned dirges from their harps, crowds
, and rotes.
Th'ave coom to the noo groups, my lady, crowds
They explored all the passages and dark tunnels in the palace and the hundreds of little dark rooms, but they never remembered what they had seen and what they had not; and so drifted about in ones and twos or crowds
telling each other that they were doing as men did.
The customers came in crowds
every day and bought quantities, especially the toffee customers.
The dread day, then, having arrived, and the duke having ordered a spacious stand to be erected facing the court of the castle for the judges of the field and the appellant duennas, mother and daughter, vast crowds
flocked from all the villages and hamlets of the neighbourhood to see the novel spectacle of the battle; nobody, dead or alive, in those parts having ever seen or heard of such a one.