'No, but I would be windy of being his mother.' It is possible that she could have been his mother had that other son lived, he might have managed it from sheer love of her, but for my part I can smile at one of those two figures on the stair
now, having long given up the dream of being for ever known, and seeing myself more akin to my friend, the tailor, for as he was found at the end on his board, so I hope shall I be found at my handloom, doing honestly the work that suits me best.
Soon afterwards, came a slamming and banging of doors; and then came running down stairs
, a gentleman with whiskers, and out of breath, who seemed to be red-hot.
A few minutes later he was disturbed by a gentle creaking of his own door, as though some one were pushing cautiously against it, and immediately afterwards he heard the soft thud of cautious footsteps upon the stair
which led to the room above, followed by a confused noise and a muffled groan.
From the first floor to the second story, (third from the ground,) is a way by a stair
in the wall five feet wide.
Well, as I advanced, it seemed to me the stair
grew airier and a thought more lightsome; and I was wondering what might be the cause of this change, when a second blink of the summer lightning came and went.
I heard it go down the stairs
, hurriedly, I thought, as if itself in sudden fear.
Daddy Jacques, who had now joined us, helped us to carry the body into the vestibule, where we laid it down on the lower step of the stairs
. On the way, I had felt my hands wet from the warm blood flowing from the wounds.
"You are Edmond Dantes," cried Villefort, seizing the count by the wrist; "then come here!" And up the stairs
he dragged Monte Cristo; who, ignorant of what had happened, followed him in astonishment, foreseeing some new catastrophe.
Before the last notes of the dog's remonstrance had died away, the oaken stairs
in the higher regions of the house creaked under slowly-descending footsteps.
It was soon done, and the boat was brought round to the Temple stairs
, and lay where I could reach her within a minute or two.
Partridge, though not much addicted to battle, would not however stand still when his friend was attacked; nor was he much displeased with that part of the combat which fell to his share; he therefore returned my landlady's blows as soon as he received them: and now the fight was obstinately maintained on all parts, and it seemed doubtful to which side Fortune would incline, when the naked lady, who had listened at the top of the stairs
to the dialogue which preceded the engagement, descended suddenly from above, and without weighing the unfair inequality of two to one, fell upon the poor woman who was boxing with Partridge; nor did that great champion desist, but rather redoubled his fury, when he found fresh succours were arrived to his assistance.
He threw on an overcoat over his pyjamas, thrust on his slippers, and taking up his own electric torch, hastily descended the stairs
. He opened the front door and stepped out on to the beach.