Hello. I'm confused "the first slight noise(the underlined part)" is whether the sound the speaker made at first(chuckle which made the old man wake) or the old man's slight groan of terror. Please help. Thank you.
To think that there I was, opening the door, little by little, and he not even to dream of my secret deeds or thoughts.
I fairly chuckled at the idea: and perhaps he heard me; for he moved on the bed suddenly, as if startled.
Now you may think that I drew back-But NO!
... I had my head in, and was about to ppen the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in bed, crying out "Who's there?"
... Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror. It was not a groan of pain or of grief-oh, no!-it was the low stifled sound that arises fro the bottom of the soul when overcharged with awe. I knew the sound well. Many a night, just at midnight, when all the world slept, it has welled up from my own bosom, deepening, with its dreadful echo, the terrors that distracted me. ...
I knew that he had been lying awake ever since the first slight noise, when he had turned in the bed.
Neither. The first slight noise was made when he turned in the bed.