floor, and which moved as though there were some living thing within it. For answer he
nodded his head. One of the women jumped forward and opened it. If my ears did not
deceive me there was a gasp and a low wail, as of a half smothered child. The women
closed round, whilst I was aghast with horror. But as I looked, they disappeared, and
with them the dreadful bag. There was no door near them, and they could not have
passed me without my noticing. They simply seemed to fade into the rays of the
moonlight and pass out through the window, for I could see outside the dim, shadowy
forms for a moment before they entirely faded away. Then the horror overcame me, and
I sank down unconscious.