But amid all the turmoil and danger, the little birds chirped happily in the safe shelter where the great general, Robert E. Lee, had placed them.
To make the day no better, the telephone chirped nonstop and everyone in the station wanted a piece of him for cold cases, new cases and paper work.
They did not seem frightened, but chirped softly, as if they knew they were safe.
A cricket chirped from across the passage; someone was shouting and singing in the street; cockroaches rustled on the table, on the icons, and on the walls, and a big fly flopped at the head of the bed and around the candle beside him, the wick of which was charred and had shaped itself like a mushroom.
As if to celebrate a victory over everybody, a cricket chirped in a crack in the wall.