The thing raised its head and looked about until its eyes rested upon us; then it gave vent to a most appalling hiss that rose to the crescendo
of a terrific shriek and came for us.
With a quick jerk, cataleptically, his nose pointed to the zenith, his mouth opened, and a flood of sound poured forth, running swiftly upward in crescendo
and slowly falling as it died away.
For Anne the real excitement began with the dismissal of school and increased therefrom in crescendo
until it reached to a crash of positive ecstasy in the concert itself.
The April baby will be six next month, and, after her sixth birthday is passed, we are liable at any moment to receive a visit from a school inspector, who will inquire curiously into the state of her education, and, if it is not up to the required standard, all sorts of fearful things might happen to the guilty parents, probably beginning with fines, and going on crescendo
to dungeons if, owing to gaps between governesses and difficulties in finding the right one, we persisted in our evil courses.
Thus entrenched, we had stood an hour, watching a pair of lighted bow-windows with vague shadows flitting continually across the blinds, and listening to the drawing of corks, the clink of glasses, and a gradual crescendo
of coarse voices within.