I said it would be but natural if the king should change his mind and repent to some extent of what he had done under excitement; there- fore I would let the darkness
grow a while, and if at the end of a reasonable time the king had kept his mind the same, the darkness
should be dismissed.
He kept turning his head to left and right, but I could not see anything through the darkness
Presently the walls fell away from me, and I came to a large open space, and striking another match, saw that I had entered a vast arched cavern, which stretched into utter darkness
beyond the range of my light.
In the darkness
I could just see the thing--like an ele- phant's trunk more than anything else--waving towards me and touching and examining the wall, coals, wood and ceil- ing.
During the darkness
, as before, my supper was brought.
Thou hast known the depths of all sorrow: thou hast entered that black darkness
where God is not, and hast uttered the cry of the forsaken.
He locked himself again in the turret-room, and laid the opened chest on a table, and in the darkness
began to unpack it, laying out the contents, which were mainly of metal and glass--great pieces in strange forms--on another table.
I hastened on as rapidly as I dared through the darkness
until I reached the point at which they had left the corridor.
As though turned to stone I sat in tense and rigid silence, straining my eyes into the utter darkness
before me in an effort to discover if the boat were occupied.
Now, if I were to take advantage of the darkness
to slip down to the poor fellow?
Then, if in truth my lords can darken the moon, in the darkness
I will take my lords by the hand and lead them out of Loo to this place, where they shall be safe, and thence we can make war upon Twala the king.
Then he caught a glimpse, through the darkness
of that charnel-house, of the still brilliant eye of his friend, to whom the momentary lifting of the mass restored a momentary respiration.