"As I was anxious to repair the wrongs I had done the prisoner," resumed the innkeeper, "I took my way straight to the cellar
in order to set him at liberty.
I crept back to the coal cellar
, shut the door, and began to cover myself up as much as I could, and as noiselessly as possible in the darkness, among the firewood and coal therein.
At another, I resolved to dig a grave for it in the floor of the cellar
. Again, I deliberated about casting it in the well in the yard - about packing it in a box, as if merchandize, with the usual arrangements, and so getting a porter to take it from the house.
Give it a name, heart of oak, and we'd get it for you, if it was wine from a bishop's cellar
, or melted gold from King George's mint.'
I dug my cellar
in the side of a hill sloping to the south, where a woodchuck had formerly dug his burrow, down through sumach and blackberry roots, and the lowest stain of vegetation, six feet square by seven deep, to a fine sand where potatoes would not freeze in any winter.
Archdeacon Claude had the credit also of having fathomed the mystery of the colossus of Saint Christopher, and of that lofty, enigmatical statue which then stood at the entrance of the vestibule, and which the people, in derision, called "Monsieur Legris." But, what every one might have noticed was the interminable hours which he often employed, seated upon the parapet of the area in front of the church, in contemplating the sculptures of the front; examining now the foolish virgins with their lamps reversed, now the wise virgins with their lamps upright; again, calculating the angle of vision of that raven which belongs to the left front, and which is looking at a mysterious point inside the church, where is concealed the philosopher's stone, if it be not in the cellar
of Nicolas Flamel.
The king then descended and went himself to see the barrels of specie, in gold and silver, which, under the direction of Colbert, four men had just rolled into a cellar
of which the king had given Colbert the key in the morning.
The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine, and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar
, fast asleep and snoring.
He seemed half mad and told me that the body of a scene-shifter had been found hanging in the third cellar
under the stage, between a farm-house and a scene from the Roi de Lahore.
A leetle earth is so easily bitten down; a leetle more is so easily carried up into the garden; and a beet of nice strong wire might so easily be found in a cellar
, and afterwards in the lock!
But she was not altogether easy to bring up, and gave her parents much trouble and anxiety, for all summer she insisted on spending in the cellar
, and in the winter she would sleep outside in the snow, and the colder it was the happier she seemed to be.
Snapping away with a camera when he ought to be improving his mind, and then diving down into the cellar
like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures.