With a brief sketch, therefore, of the circumstances amid which the foundation of the house was laid, and a rapid glimpse at its quaint exterior, as it grew black in the prevalent east wind,--pointing, too, here and there, at some spot of more verdant mossiness on its roof and walls,--we shall commence the real action of our tale at an epoch
not very remote from the present day.
In these crises there breaks out an epidemic that, in all earlier epochs
, would have seemed an absurdity -- the epidemic of over-production.
God made this epoch
of the world for those who like to laugh.
Thus it may be that, contemporary with the later geological epochs
, they are due to the expansion of natural forces.
Still less do we know of the mutual relations of the innumerable inhabitants of the world during the many past geological epochs
in its history.
If we speculate on the condition of the vegetation during these epochs
we are at least bound so far to consider existing analogies, as not to urge as absolutely necessary a luxuriant vegetation, when we see a state of things so totally different at the Cape of Good Hope.
The startings and arrivals of the cars are now the epochs
in the village day.
of our life are not in the visible facts of our choice of a calling, our marriage, our acquisition of an office, and the like, but in a silent thought by the way-side as we walk; in a thought which revises our entire manner of life and says,--'Thus hast thou done, but it were better thus.
The advent of each of these epochs
in the day is proclaimed by an awful gong, which shakes the very window-frames as it reverberates through the house, and horribly disturbs nervous foreigners.
It was, in fact, the twenty-fifth of March, which, as most people know to their cost, is, and has been time out of mind, one of those unpleasant epochs
Above all, the warfare of Hester's spirit at that epoch
was perpetuated in Pearl.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch
of belief, it was the epoch
of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Is it to be presumed, that at any future septennial epoch
the same State will be free from parties?
These bravoes who resuscitate in our epoch
the traditions of another reign are troublesome; since there are two of them already there, let us add a third.
Besides, it is now a good time to pause in our narrative; because the new charter, which Sir William Phips brought over from England, formed a very important epoch
in the history of the province.