But the retrograde
motion of the Nautilus was increasing; and, reversing the screw, it carried us at great speed.
The new system being now established, a retrograde
movement to the old would be almost as difficult as the step that placed him in his unparalleled position.
There is scarcely anything when a man is in difficulties that he is more disposed to look upon with abhorrence than a rightabout retrograde
movement--a systematic going over of the already trodden ground: and especially if he has a love of adventure, such a course appears indescribably repulsive, so long as there remains the least hope to be derived from braving untried difficulties.
The faculty of re-solution is possibly much invigorated by mathematical study, and especially by that highest branch of it which, unjustly, and merely on account of its retrograde
operations, has been called, as if par excellence, analysis.
In the present instance it was retrograde
, and in less than a minute after the bellowing report of the swivel among the rocks and caverns, the whole weight of the attack from the left rested on the prowess of the single arm of the veteran.
Crooks and his companions had been completely disheartened by this retrograde
march through a bleak and barren country; and had found, computing from their progress and the accumulating difficulties besetting every step, that it would be impossible to reach Henry's Fort and return to the main body in the course of the winter.