But there was a story, for which it is difficult to conceive any foundation, that the posterity of Matthew Maule had some connection with the mystery of the looking-glass, and that, by what appears to have been a sort of mesmeric process, they could make its inner
region all alive with the departed Pyncheons; not as they had shown themselves to the world, nor in their better and happier hours, but as doing over again some deed of sin, or in the crisis of life's bitterest sorrow.
They could tell the whole hateful story of it, set forth the inner
soul of a city in which justice and honor, women's bodies and men's souls, were for sale in the marketplace, and human beings writhed and fought and fell upon each other like wolves in a pit; in which lusts were raging fires, and men were fuel, and humanity was festering and stewing and wallowing in its own corruption.
Legree had had the slumbering moral elements in him roused by his encounters with Tom,--roused, only to be resisted by the determinate force of evil; but still there was a thrill and commotion of the dark, inner
world, produced by every word, or prayer, or hymn, that reacted in superstitious dread.
In the center of the inner
circle, on a spacious platform six feet high, I've grouped a battery of thirteen gatling guns, and pro- vided plenty of ammunition.
walls of the church were placarded with large mural tablets of copper, bearing engraved inscriptions celebrating the merits of old Heilbronn worthies of two or three centuries ago, and also bearing rudely painted effigies of themselves and their families tricked out in the queer costumes of those days.
The bustle in the vestibule, as she passed along an inner
lobby, assured her that they were already in the house.
When I returned to my seat, that lady was just delivering an order of which I did not catch the import; but Burns immediately left the class, and going into the small inner
room where the books were kept, returned in half a minute, carrying in her hand a bundle of twigs tied together at one end.
He told Zillah to give me a glass of brandy, and then passed on to the inner
room; while she condoled with me on my sorry predicament, and having obeyed his orders, whereby I was somewhat revived, ushered me to bed.
I waited a weary time, and you never came: I don't know whether my impatience made me think so, or whether the large fire burning made the room really as hot as I felt it to be -- I only know that, after a while, I passed through the curtains into the inner
room, to try the cooler atmosphere.
But I loved Joe - perhaps for no better reason in those early days than because the dear fellow let me love him - and, as to him, my inner
self was not so easily composed.
A second and third door receded before me and slipped to one side as the first, before I reached a large inner
chamber where I found food and drink set out upon a great stone table.
I followed him, and found myself in a small apartment, plainly but not uncomfortably furnished and with its inner
door, which was slightly ajar, opening into a paved courtyard.