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The darkness was steadily growing, the people be- coming more and more distressed.
There were some men's eyes that dilated in the darkness and shone like stars or like cats' eyes.
The nights are either brilliantly illumined or very dark, for if neither of the two moons of Mars happen to be in the sky almost total darkness results, since the lack of atmosphere, or, rather, the very thin atmosphere, fails to diffuse the starlight to any great extent; on the other hand, if both of the moons are in the heavens at night the surface of the ground is brightly illuminated.
Then through the darkness I could see a sort of patch of grey light ahead of us,as though there were a cleft in the hills.
Besides this, the unbroken darkness had had a distressing effect upon my eyes.
I opened the door of the coal cellar, and stood there in the darkness staring at the faintly lit doorway into the kitchen, and listen- ing.
I passed the night on a chair, starting at the least noise, for toward midnight the lamp went out, and I was again in darkness.
Some one who has been with you through all your hours of sin and trouble--who has known every thought you have had--has seen where you went, where you lay down and rose up again, and all the deeds you have tried to hide in darkness.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore
After sitting opposite to it for some time, and the shades of evening beginning to melt into darkness, he gave up the task and went to his bedroom, after locking the door of the turret-room behind him and taking away the key.
As the sun rose and the light of a new day swept away the darkness of night our craft gave a final spasmodic plunge, turned half upon her side, and then with deck tilting at a sickening angle swung in a slow circle, her bow dropping further below her stern each moment.
Beyond the lighted chamber of the lake was darkness--what lay behind the darkness I could not even guess.
It was, no doubt, one of those luminous illusions that sometimes impress the eye in the midst of very profound darkness.
For an hour and a half or so there should be almost total darkness.
At the moment when Porthos, more accustomed to the darkness than these men, coming from open daylight, was looking round him to see if through this artificial midnight Aramis were not making him some signal, he felt his arm gently touched, and a voice low as a breath murmured in his ear, "Come.