The policeman looked up, and, catching his eye, raised his finger
to admonish silence.
'Oh, the middle finger
of your left hand,' the maiden answered, laughing.
"But is it alive?" exclaimed she again; and the finger
on which the gorgeous mystery had alighted was so tremulous that the butterfly was forced to balance himself with his wings.
Before him, on a couch, the woman lay, and on top of her was Paulvitch, his fingers
gripping the fair throat, while his victim's hands beat futilely at his face, tearing desperately at the cruel fingers
that were forcing the life from her.
He took back the ring, but put it in his pocket and not on his finger
He proceeded cautiously and with hesitation now, moving his finger
slowly along the great lines of the palm, and now and then halting it at a "star" or some such landmark, and examining that neighborhood minutely.
"Tonight, or tomorrow," repeated Solan, and as the door closed behind his guest the old man continued to mutter as he turned back to the table, where he again dumped the contents of the money-pouch, running his fingers
through the heap of shining metal; piling the coins into little towers; counting, recounting, and fondling the wealth the while he muttered on and on in a crooning undertone.
"Do you still hear?" I shouted, holding the fingers
and waiting for the single pressure which would signify "Yes." There was no response.
Carelessly he dropped a hand to Michael's ear, and, with tips of fingers
instinct with sensuous sympathy, began to manipulate the base of the ear where its roots bedded in the tightness of skin- stretch over the skull.
Why should you bother thinking about it when I can tell you what manner of woman you are." His fingers
strayed occasionally down to her warm, smooth cheeks and firm chin, which was growing a little full and double.
I saw them always prepare their poison with precaution; and always did they put glass gloves on their fingers
in doing so.
To her helpless amazement she found herself in the low chair before the dressing table, with her hair already tumbling about her ears under ten eager, but very gentle fingers