When the clock echoes...

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"And then, for a moment, all is still, and all is silent save the voice of the clock. The dreams are stiff-frozen as they stand. But the echoes of the chime die away---they have endured but an instant---and a light, half-subdued laughter floats after them as they depart."

What a powerful clock. It would be nice to possess a clock like that, one that could halt dreams and stop a whole party in its tracks. The "light, half-subdued laughter" makes me imagine one trying to pass an awkward moment. like every person was embarrassed to be afraid of the clock's musical interjection. This quote gives me a sense of the fear the people had in the duke's dwelling place. The quote, "there are some who would have thought him mad," suggests that this place was exceedingly over-the-top and frightening. 

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