What effect does the striking of the clock have on the revellers
The ebony clock is located in the Black Room and has a pendulum that swings to and from with a dull, heavy, and monotonous tone. When it strikes the hour, it makes a sound that is clear, loud, and musical, but of such a peculiar,odd sound that the musicians and the whole orchestra pause to listen to it. Because there was no music, the dancers stop dancing, and there is a brief interruption in the gay partying as everyone listens to the sounds of the clock. It is noticed that the happy or gay revelers grow pale, and the older and more sedate or calm revelers wipe their brow as if they are confused or nervously thinking about something. When the last note of the clock ends, the partying commences, and the band members let out nervous laughs and tell each other that they won't let it happen again, but it does happen again in 60 minutes.