But oh, Mr Rancho Grande! The cross began to droop toward the ground as the trooper approached the window in which Paul sat, his gray invalids face framed by jags of broken glass.
"If I sounded mad, Im sorry. He didnt know, but the fact that he had felt almost no pain during the week following the amputation was a pretty clear indicator of just how close, perhaps. Then she glanced away from the table with no change of _expression_, and his relief was so great that the thudding, shifting ascent up the stairs to the pantry was almost bearable.
His head turned toward the clearing with dreadful reluctance, as if he did not wish to look and yet could not forbear to.
There were three doors in the room, two to the left and one straight ahead, between the refrigerator and the pantry alcove. She looked for a very long time.
It looked like one of Wellss death-machines in The War Of the Worlds, only in miniature. As he heard her go into the downstairs bathroom, he took them, reached painfully around his body, and stuffed them into the back of his underpants.