The answer to my appeal was instantaneous, but it came in the form of an extraordinary blast and chill, a gust
of frozen air, and a shake of the room as great as if, in the wild wind, the casement had crashed in.
One of the nice little gusts
of wind rushed down the walk, and it was a stronger one than the rest.
The gust came scouring along, the wind threw up the river in white surges, the rain rattled among the leaves, the thunder bellowed worse than that which is now bellowing, the lightning seemed to lick up the surges of the stream; but Sam, snugly sheltered under rock and tree, lay crouching in his skiff, rocking upon the billows until he fell asleep.
The gust had passed away, and only now and then a faint gleam of lightning in the east showed which way it had gone.
At the beginning Daughtry strove to walk aloof, but in a trice, in the first heavy gust
that threatened to whisk the frail old man away, Dag Daughtry's hand was grasping the other's arm, his own weight behind and under, supporting and impelling forward and up the hill through the heavy sand.
And it was then, while finishing his watch, with the chilly gusts
of wind sweeping at him out of the darkness where the short sea of the soundings growled spitefully all round the ship, that it occurred to his unsophisticated mind that perhaps things are not what they are confidently expected to be; that it was possible that Captain Anthony was not a happy man .
The sea, flattened down in the heavier gusts
, would uprise and overwhelm both ends of the Nan-Shan in snowy rushes of foam, expanding wide, beyond both rails, into the night.
There were others, too, ten of them all told, the scum of the South Sea ports; but Gust
and Momulla and Kai Shang were the brains and cunning of the company.
For the best of it was that Captain S- seemed constitutionally incapable of giving his officers a definite order to shorten sail; and so that extraordinarily vague row would go on till at last it dawned upon them both, in some particularly alarming gust
, that it was time to do something.
I hesitated for some time, and then, in a gust
of desperate resolution, and with a heart that throbbed violently, I scrambled to the top of the mound in which I had been buried so long.
They were still two hundred paces from home and a gust
of wind had already blown up, and every second the downpour might be looked for.
I felt a gust
of intense irritation, which passed as quickly as it came.
I supped on the horrors of Ugolino's fate with the strong gust
of youth, which finds every, exercise of sympathy a pleasure.
After the first gust
of her passion was a little over, which she declared, if she had not vented, would have burst her, she proceeded to inform Mr Jones that all matters were settled between Mr Nightingale and her daughter, and that they were to be married the next morning; at which Mr Jones having expressed much pleasure, the poor woman fell again into a fit of joy and thanksgiving, which he at length with difficulty silenced, and prevailed on her to return with him back to the company, whom they found in the same good humour in which they had left them.
So heavy was the gust
that Sheldon, still on his feet, seized hold of his man-horse to escape being blown away.