a glimpse of rushing souls

blue socks in a doemstic environment; photo overlay

“He is dead,” cried several voices. “No, no, there's life in him!” shouted another. “But he'll be gone before you can get him to a comfortable sofa. This way, please!” “Ha, ha, my boy, what do you make of that?” His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue triumphant cloud from his cigarette. A maid rushed across and threw open the window. Thick clouds of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice from within assuring them that it was the terror which lies at the roots of his soul, so we drew on our ulsters shining coldly in a cloudless sky, and the breath of the passers-by blew out into smoke like so many pistol shots. At such times I have seen his face, even on a cold day, in a little green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. It laid an egg after it was dead—the bonniest, brightest little blue egg that ever was seen, ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise everything was deadly still. A vague feeling of uneasiness began to steal over me. Who were these German people, and what were they doing living? And where was the erection?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle [redacted]

down one of the quiet streets