I was deriving exquisite suffering from this employment, yet maybe I could have endured it if the mouse had attended steadily to his work; but he did not do that; he stopped every now and then, and I suffered more while waiting and listening for him to begin again than I did while he was gnawing.
And such a luxury to him was this petting of his sorrows, that he could not bear to have any worldly cheeriness or any grating delight intrude upon it; it was too sacred for such contact; and so, presently
, when his cousin Mary danced in, all alive with the joy of seeing home again after an age-long visit of one week to the country, he got up and moved in clouds and darkness out at one door as she brought song and sunshine in at the other.
Still Nancy was silent, looking down; and he almost expected that she would presently
get up and say she would go to her father's.
the sound of howlings drew near again, and I saw the grey shapes creep up one by one.
In fact, he presently
dared to raise his voice again.
she saw it, a long way off, floating on the water like a toy-boat.
when he had looked at us enough he came towards us, and stretching out his hand took me by the back of the neck, turning me this way and that, but feeling that I was mere skin and bone he set me down again and went on to the next, whom he treated in the same fashion; at last he came to the captain, and finding him the fattest of us all, he took him up in one hand and stuck him upon a spit and proceeded to kindle a huge fire at which he presently
So Marian gave orders to a herald, and presently
Robin Hood and his little party entered the room.
But it was too hot to think elaborately, and presently
I fell into a tranquil state midway between dozing and waking.
I noted that the sun belt swayed up and down, from solstice to solstice, in a minute or less, and that consequently my pace was over a year a minute; and minute by minute the white snow flashed across the world, and vanished, and was followed by the bright, brief green of spring.
I felt the first inkling of a thing that presently
grew quite clear in my mind, that oppressed me for many days, a sense of dethronement, a persuasion that I was no longer a master, but an animal among the animals, under the Martian heel.
They passed in out of sight and presently
there was a most awe-in- spiring racket in the wood.
Hector was greatly grieved at the loss of his charioteer, but let him lie for all his sorrow, while he went in quest of another driver; nor did his steeds have to go long without one, for he presently
found brave Archeptolemus the son of Iphitus, and made him get up behind the horses, giving the reins into his hand.
Our adventures on the way were many and various, but as they are of the sort which befall every African hunter--with one exception to be presently
detailed--I shall not set them down here, lest I should render this history too wearisome.
When they returned from Brighton she had announced her intention of getting a job, but she took no definite steps, and presently
a bad cold laid her up for a fortnight.