Norah's self-control began to show signs of failing
And suddenly that father whom she had judged would look for his spectacles in her presence, fumbling near them and not seeing them, or would forget something that had just occurred, or take a false step with his failing
legs and turn to see if anyone had noticed his feebleness, or, worst of all, at dinner when there were no visitors to excite him would suddenly fall asleep, letting his napkin drop and his shaking head sink over his plate.
What matter if souls and bodies are failing
beneath the feet of the ever-pressing multitude
Why not," it said, "buy the petticoat, find out the name of its owner, and, instead of seeking a vague Golden Girl, make up your mind doggedly to find and marry her, or, failing
that, carry the petticoat with you, as a sort of Cinderella's slipper, try it on any girl you happen to fancy, and marry her it exactly fits?
The river marge Seemed but a broken line to failing
Then of course the house goes faster than its natural rate of falling: but the furniture--with our noble selves--would go on failing
at their old pace, and would therefore be left behind.