There was a bright full moon, with heavy black, driving clouds, which threw the whole scene into a fleeting
diorama of light and shade as they sailed across.
At five o'clock in the evening, before that fleeting
twilight which binds night to day in tropical zones, Conseil and I were astonished by a curious spectacle.
An expression of unspeakable joy lightened the countenance of Milady; but this expression was fleeting
as the reflection of lightning.
It was ten o'clock at night; the branches of the great trees in the garden of the count's house stood out boldly against the azure canopy of heaven, which was studded with golden stars, but where the last fleeting
clouds of a vanishing storm yet lingered.
The sorrows of past years, and the darker peril that was nigh, cast not a shadow on the brightness of that fleeting
The limpid water, ne'er ruffled by the rude breathings of the wind, shines with golden tints to the homage of the rising sun, while the light bark gallantly lashes the surge, rocking before the propelling gale, and forcibly brings to the appalled mind the fleeting
hours of time.
I am afraid I have often smiled with hypocritical assent, and gratified them with an epigram on the fleeting
nature of our illusions, which any one moderately acquainted with French literature can command at a moment's notice.