You never intimated that the speed of this thing would be so high, Perry.
It will be all the same to us in the end, David," replied Perry.
At my suggestion Perry stopped the generator, and as we came to rest I again threw all my strength into a supreme effort to move the thing even a hair's breadth--but the results were as barren as when we had been traveling at top speed.
Perry pulled it toward him, and once again we were plunging downward toward eternity at the rate of seven miles an hour.
The very fact, as Perry took pains to explain, of the blasting of several very exact and learned scientific hypotheses made it apparent that we could not know what lay before us within the bowels of the earth, and so we might continue to hope for the best, at least until we were dead--when hope would no longer be essential to our happiness.
When I announced it Perry reached over and hugged me.
I do not know, Perry," I answered; "but thank God, if I am to die it shall not be by fire--that is all that I have feared.
Good-bye, Perry, and good luck to you," I answered, smiling back at him.
But Geoffrey himself was afraid to show his temper in the presence of Perry.
I've put every shilling I'm worth in the world on you," pursued Perry, relapsing into tenderness.
Perry posted himself at his place, grim and silent, with the watch in his hand.
There's a good many besides you would be glad to know that," said Perry.
With this reply, Perry hurried back to the cottage.
When Geoffrey had been carefully rubbed down, and clothed again in his ordinary garments, Perry pulled a comfortable easy-chair out of a corner.
The letter pledged the agent to the strictest secrecy, and directed him to back Geoffrey's opponent in the Foot-Race for a sum equal to the sum which Perry had betted on Geoffrey himself.