Slowly and softly they began tapping upon the resounding surface of the drum
as the first faint rays of the ascending moon silvered the encircling tree tops.
Instantly Madame Defarge's knife was in her girdle; the drum
was beating in the streets, as if it and a drummer had flown together by magic; and The Vengeance, uttering terrific shrieks, and flinging her arms about her head like all the forty Furies at once, was tearing from house to house, rousing the women.
"You must all do exactly what I do," ordered the captain; so the shaggy man pounded the drum
with his knees, and so did Dorothy and so did Button-Bright.
All this time, the roll of the drum
had been approaching through Cornhill, louder and deeper, till with reverberations from house to house, and the regular tramp of martial footsteps, it burst into the street.
were beaten in all the villages of Massachusetts to enlist soldiers for the service.
Close by, in the direction of the booming drum
, lay a clearing which they must cross.
'I don't think they'll fight any more to-day,' the King said to Hatta: 'go and order the drums
to begin.' And Hatta went bounding away like a grasshopper.
As he talked to himself, he thought he heard sounds of pipes and drums
coming from a distance: pi-pi-pi, pi-pi-pi.
In the corporal's changed face, in the sound of his voice, in the stirring and deafening noise of the drums
, he recognized that mysterious, callous force which compelled people against their will to kill their fellow men- that force the effect of which he had witnessed during the executions.
Gongs and drums
, banners and flags, are means whereby the ears and eyes of the host may be focused on one particular point.
All day the drums
rumbled and whispered, while their menace reflected itself in the faces of our colored companions.
These venerable gentlemen, who I presume were the priests, kept up an uninterrupted monotonous chant, which was partly drowned in the roar of drums
. In the right hand they held a finely woven grass fan, with a heavy black wooden handle curiously chased: these fans they kept in continual motion.