I should think, Perry," I chided, "that a man of your professed religiousness would rather be at his prayers than cursing in the presence of imminent death.
We may stop here, and die of asphyxiation when our atmosphere tanks are empty," replied Perry, "or we may continue on with the slight hope that we may later sufficiently deflect the prospector from the vertical to carry us along the arc of a great circle which must eventually return us to the surface.
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.
The face of Perry looked unutterable things when he and Geoffrey met at the door of the cottage.
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.
Perry can tell me how to convey a wife and five children a distance of an hundred and thirty miles with no greater expense or inconvenience than a distance of forty, I should be as willing to prefer Cromer to South End as he could himself.
Woodhouse was rather agitated by such harsh reflections on his friend Perry, to whom he had, in fact, though unconsciously, been attributing many of his own feelings and expressions; but the soothing attentions of his daughters gradually removed the present evil, and the immediate alertness of one brother, and better recollections of the other, prevented any renewal of it.