Rob looked to his string, while the crowd
smiled and whispered at the odd figure he cut, with his vari-colored legs and little cape.
A score of soldiers and officers, who were armed, formed a guard, commanded by the major, to protect the workers against the desperate attacks which might be expected from the crowd
, if their scheme was discovered.
He raised his eyes from the ghastly object of his attention and saw himself the center of a crowd
of men and women dimly seen; the room was thronged with them.
Let me get in, too, mates," shouted a young man in the crowd
whose appetite was aroused.
It was a shout of sudden excitement at the appearance of a horseman cleaving the crowd
at full gallop.
As for the crowd
itself--well, it consisted mostly of Frenchmen.
And the crowd
opened before them as though before the prow of a vessel.
The doctor stepped along with great dignity, the waganga surrounding him and keeping off the crowd
From time to time, this noise and clamor redoubled; the current which drove the crowd
towards the grand staircase flowed backwards, became troubled, formed whirlpools.
At this all laughed; but above all the laughter a loud voice was heard to cry out, "Sin' thou talkest so big, here cometh one from Nottinghamshire to try a fall with thee, fellow"; and straightway a tall youth with a tough quarterstaff in his hand came pushing his way through the crowd
and at last leaped lightly over the rope into the ring.
See, here's an officer jammed in too"- different voices were saying in the crowd
, as the men looked at one another, and all pressed toward the exit from the bridge.
From the faces of a score or so in the crowd
, the self-contained look faded.
On the evening immediately after Alvan Creede's adventure (which had somehow "got out") a crowd
of men, women and children thronged the sidewalk opposite the store.
Scattered groups of inquirers at length condensed themselves into a compact crowd
, which made straight for the residence of President Barbicane.
of people, principally women, was thronging round the church lighted up for the wedding.