Aloft--above

muffled-- quieted

alley--a narrow road or path that leads behind a building

tramp-- the sound the solders made when marching

tread--footsteps

stealthy--sneaky; catlike

sombre--(also spelled somber) dreary;gloomy

impetuous--forceful or passionate

spectral--like a ghost

kindled--started a fire

aghast--horrified

defiance--an act of challenge

peril--danger

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