His touch was brilliant and firm, and his fingers flew over the keys
with a rapid and bird-like motion, airy, and yet decided.
And she produced from her pocket a most housewifely bunch of keys
, and delivered them to the servant.
She also got a trick of coming down early in the morning and lingering about the kitchen, as if she were expecting the arrival of something; and she had a small drawer in a cabinet in the library, which she would trifle over for hours, and whose key
she took special care to remove when she left it.
I want the key
," said Magdalen, passing from the imitation at the breakfast-table to the post-bag on the sideboard with the easy abruptness which characterized all her actions.
After such imaginary discourse, the passenger in his fancy would dig, and dig, dig--now with a spade, now with a great key
, now with his hands--to dig this wretched creature out.
It was long, and wound about him like a tail; and it was made (for Scrooge observed it closely) of cash-boxes, keys
, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel.
If you'll be so good as give me your keys
, my dear, I'll attend to all this sort of thing in future.
The method I contrived was this: I prepared two round sticks, about the bigness of common cudgels; they were thicker at one end than the other, and I covered the thicker ends with pieces of a mouse's skin, that by rapping on them I might neither damage the tops of the keys
nor interrupt the sound.
I thought he might have the keys
on him, but when I went to search I saw the dead eyes, and in them dead though they were, such a look of hate, though unconscious of me or my presence, that I fled from the place, and leaving the Count's room by the window, crawled again up the castle wall.
It is just his fantastic dreams, his vulgar folly that he will desire to retain, simply in order to prove to himself--as though that were so necessary--that men still are men and not the keys
of a piano, which the laws of nature threaten to control so completely that soon one will be able to desire nothing but by the calendar.
The count soon heard the rattling of a bunch of skeleton keys
, such as the locksmith brings when called to force a lock, and which thieves call nightingales, doubtless from the music of their nightly song when they grind against the bolt.
So I have," said Baisemeaux, "there are the keys
, do you do it.