Despite the protecting carton, they went off with crackings like gunfire.
The crackings of the old floor were to me like the shots in Charlestown Bay.
There were shouts, too, such as he knew were uttered by Kaffir drivers, and there were the crackings of their great whips.
When it flutters among the branches of trees, it causes rustlings and crackings which even profane ears hear.
The fruit is not yet gathered, and a thousand unaccustomed snappings and crackings make the trees resemble animate beings.
Yet voices came from a distance, and steps and crackings in the willows, and other sounds real enough.
Away in the sun hay was being made and carried, with crackings of whips and distant voices.
"I reckon I ain't got no call to be scared at any crackings in this old house," said Mother Borton with a nervous giggle.
And each adjective is set off with a rattling fusillade of crackings from his great whip.
But these were only the gentle heavings and crackings of the ground premonitory of the real earthquake.