I cannot pretend to recount all that he told me, but I gleaned from what he said that he was the genius who presided over the contretemps of mankind, and whose business it was to bring about the odd accidents which are continually astonishing the skeptic.
Having completed them to my satisfaction, I again looked toward the time-piece and was half inclined to believe in the possibility of odd accidents when I found that, instead of my ordinary fifteen or twenty minutes, I had been dozing only three; for it still wanted seven and twenty of the appointed hour.
I had often wondered how it was that Sir Oliver had such a very short tail; it really was only six or seven inches long, with a tassel of hair hanging from it; and on one of our holidays in the orchard I ventured to ask him by what accident
it was that he had lost his tail.
Also, he explained that there were many accidents
in the mills, and that the company's policy was to fight to the bitter end all consequent damage suits.
The night passed without accident
, but in such profound obscurity, that it was necessary to use redoubled vigilance.
How COULD they endure my happiness, if I did not put around it accidents
, and winter-privations, and bear-skin caps, and enmantling snowflakes!
Mrs Blifil answered, No; she was sure some accident
had befallen him; for that he would never stay out without sending her word, as he must know how uneasy it would make her.
In the fewest words, the Sergeant showed them the evidence of the footmarks, and told them that a fatal accident
must have happened to her.
I am but poor company altogether, sir," says he, "but I can think of nothing but this dreadful accident
, and the trouble it is like to bring upon quite innocent persons.
I feared an accident
now, for I knew no thief could steal him, yet even an accident
seemed incredible, he was always so cautious at crossings; also there could not possibly have been an accident
to Porthos without there being an accident
to something else.
There was an accident
and I received this blow to my head - only a trifling affair, after all.
Pollyanna was a little late for supper on the night of the accident
to John Pendleton; but, as it happened, she escaped without reproof.
If the wind held good, the distance might be traversed in five hours; if no accident
happened the sledge might reach Omaha by one o'clock.
And they might not even then have suspected it, but for the following little Accident
I suppose all these years since his accident
will not exist for him.