The woman in the darkness could hear him laughing and talking with a guest
who was striving to wear away a dull evening by dozing in a chair by the office door.
When the sound subsided, the silence through the house was deep, dreary, and oppressive, notwithstanding that the tongues of many of the guests
had already been loosened by a surreptitious cup or two of wine or spirits.
There is not a foot of space between the chairs of the guests
, and Tamoszius is so short that he pokes them with his bow whenever he reaches over for the low notes; but still he presses in, and insists relentlessly that his companions must follow.
Also the Emperor became more and more excited with curiosity, and with great suspense one awaited the hour, when according to mask-law, each masked guest
must make himself known.
I grieve,'' he said, ``reverend Prior, that my vow binds me to advance no farther upon this floor of my fathers, even to receive such guests
as you, and this valiant Knight of the Holy Temple.
The friends of Firmin Richard and Armand Moncharmin thought that this lean and skinny guest
was an acquaintance of Debienne's or Poligny's, while Debienne's and Poligny's friends believed that the cadaverous individual belonged to Firmin Richard and Armand Moncharmin's party.
The repast was magnificent; Monte Cristo had endeavored completely to overturn the Parisian ideas, and to feed the curiosity as much as the appetite of his guests
Then Alcinous led the way to the house and bade his guests
take their seats.
In obedience to the summons, there was a general gathering of rank, wealth, and beauty; and the wide door of the Province House had seldom given admittance to more numerous and honorable guests
than on the evening of Lady Eleanore's ball.
The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests
, for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations.
It was the kind of party which makes you wonder why the hostess has troubled to bid her guests
, and why the guests
have troubled to come.
She took his hand and led him towards her other guests