As the din of the drum rose to almost deafening volume Kerchak sprang into the open space between the squatting males and the drummers.
For half an hour the weird dance went on, until, at a sign from Kerchak, the noise of the drums ceased, the female drummers scampering hurriedly through the line of dancers toward the outer rim of squatting spectators.
In common with the squatting
apes and the demon with the club he turned in the direction of the sound, to see a company of sturdy bowmen rushing from the doorway of a near-by building.
Accustomed to frequent arguments in which more hair than blood is wasted, the apes speedily forget such trivial encounters, and presently Chulk and Taglat were again squatting in close proximity to each other and peaceful repose, awaiting the moment when the ape-man should lead them into the village of the Tarmangani.
A passing Arab and two slaves saw them, but the night was dark and the white burnooses hid the hairy limbs of the apes and the giant figure of their leader, so that the three, by squatting down as though in conversation, were passed by, unsuspected.
At Bashti's back, squatting
on the bunk-boards, a slim and smooth-skinned maid of thirteen had flapped the flies away from his royal head with the royal fly-flapper.
When she was conducted into his presence he was squatting
in a corner of the chamber upon his six spidery legs.
Every force of his being impelled him to spring up and confront the unseen danger, but his soul dominated the panic, and he remained squatting
on his heels, in his hands a chunk of gold.
there sat Queequeg, altogether cool and self-collected; right in the middle of the room; squatting
on his hams, and holding Yojo on top of his head.
Presently she was in, and, squatting
by the side of the corpse in such a fashion that I could not get to the door, she began to make lamentations and to cal down curses on me.
In the passage little Kozlovski was squatting on his heels in front of a clerk.
From the sound of these voices, the inattentive way Kozlovski looked at him, the disrespectful manner of the exhausted clerk, the fact that the clerk and Kozlovski were squatting on the floor by a tub so near to the commander in chief, and from the noisy laughter of the Cossacks holding the horses near the window, Prince Andrew felt that something important and disastrous was about to happen.