Ужас Данвича

Chapter 6

Whathadcomehadindeedcompleteditsentrance;forthebarkingandthescreaming,nowfastfadingintoamixedlowgrowlingandmoaning,proceededunmistakablyfromwithin.SomeinstinctwarnedArmitagethatwhatwastakingplacewasnotathingforunfortifiedeyestosee,sohebrushedbackthecrowdwithauthorityasheunlockedthevestibuledoor.AmongtheothershesawProfessorWarrenRiceandDrFrancisMorgan,mentowhomhehadtoldsomeofhisconjecturesandmisgivings;andthesetwohemotionedtoaccompanyhiminside.Theinwardsounds,exceptforawatchful,droningwhinefromthedog,hadbythistimequitesubsided;butArmitagenowperceivedwithasuddenstartthataloudchorusofwhippoorwillsamongtheshrubberyhadcommencedadamnablyrhythmicalpiping,asifinunisonwiththelastbreathsofadyingman.

ThebuildingwasfullofafrightfulstenchwhichDrArmitageknewtoowell,andthethreemenrushedacrossthehalltothesmallgenealogicalreading-roomwhencethelowwhiningcame.Forasecondnobodydaredtoturnonthelight,thenArmitagesummoneduphiscourageandsnappedtheswitch.Oneofthethreeitisnotcertainwhichshriekedaloudatwhatsprawledbeforethemamongdisorderedtablesandoverturnedchairs.ProfessorRicedeclaresthathewhollylostconsciousnessforaninstant,thoughhedidnotstumbleorfall.

Thethingthatlayhalf-bentonitssideinafoetidpoolofgreenish-yellowichorandtarrystickinesswasalmostninefeettall,andthedoghadtornoffalltheclothingandsomeoftheskin.

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