The rooster had been boiling steadily over a slow fire since morning, but such was his power of resistance that his shape was as firm and handsome in the pot as on the first moment
when he was lowered into it.
It was the first moment
in the course of many hours when he did not feel that he suffered.
The worthy mercer had, immediately upon re-entering his house, informed his wife of his happy return, and his wife had replied by congratulating him, and telling him that the first moment
she could steal from her duties should be devoted to paying him a visit.
This is the first moment
you have seemed like the old Robert.
The first moment
he set his dew-bright black eye on Dickon he knew he was not a stranger but a sort of robin without beak or feathers.
From the first moment
of her dark eyes resting on me, I saw she knew I was the bearer of evil tidings.
When it closed upon him, I experienced the first moment
of relief I had known since the night of his arrival.
The touch of my arm upon her naked shoulder had spoken to me in words I would not mistake, and I knew that I had loved her since the first moment
that my eyes had met hers that first time in the plaza of the dead city of Korad.
This person (who had thus, from the first moment
of his entrance, struck in me what I can only, describe as a disgustful curiosity) was dressed in a fashion that would have made an ordinary person laughable; his clothes, that is to say, although they were of rich and sober fabric, were enormously too large for him in every measurement--the trousers hanging on his legs and rolled up to keep them from the ground, the waist of the coat below his haunches, and the collar sprawling wide upon his shoulders.
From the very beginning-- from the first moment
, I may almost say-- of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.
yelled the Chancellor, the first moment
there was silence.
Her presence seemed somehow to contain his, and I felt nearer to him at that first moment
of seeing her than I ever had been before or ever have been since.
And when this morning I again saw I knew it would be because you had - and also then, from the first moment
, because you somehow wanted me.
When the eyes of the Prince Prospero fell upon this spectral image (which, with a slow and solemn movement, as if more fully to sustain its role, stalked to and fro among the waltzers) he was seen to be convulsed, in the first moment
with a strong shudder either of terror or distaste; but, in the next, his brow reddened with rage.
From the first moment
that he saw her he appeared to be strongly attracted by her, and I am much mistaken if the feeling was not mutual.