In the mad excitement of that moment March peered through the storm, looking again for the long lean figure that stood beside the stand of the rocket.
Before the fires of the rocket had faded from the sky, long before the first gun had sounded from the distant hills, a splutter of rifle fire had flashed and flickered all around from the hidden trenches of the enemy.
Well, I said Pylotechnic," answered the Rocket, in a severe tone of voice, and the Bengal Light felt so crushed that he began at once to bully the little squibs, in order to show that he was still a person of some importance.
I was saying," continued the Rocket, "I was saying--What was I saying?
That is a very selfish reason," said the Rocket angrily.
said the Rocket indignantly; "you forget that I am very uncommon, and very remarkable.
You are the rudest person I ever met," said the Rocket, "and you cannot understand my friendship for the Prince.
Very important for you, I have no doubt," answered the Rocket, "but I shall weep if I choose"; and he actually burst into real tears, which flowed down his stick like rain-drops, and nearly drowned two little beetles, who were just thinking of setting up house together, and were looking for a nice dry spot to live in.
Every one was a great success except the Remarkable Rocket.
You are a very irritating person," said the Rocket, "and very ill- bred.
Then I touched off the hogshead of rockets
, and a vast fountain of dazzling lances of fire vomited itself toward the zenith with a hissing rush, and burst in mid-sky into a storm of flashing jewels
To Captain Nicholl's maintaining that the projectile would smash like glass, Michel replied that he would break their fall by means of rockets properly placed.
These rockets were to burn in space, it is true; but oxygen would not fail them, for they could supply themselves with it, like the lunar volcanoes, the burning of which has never yet been stopped by the want of atmosphere round the moon.
Two long borders were done during my absence one day, and when I explained that I should like the third to have plants in groups and not in lines, and that what I wanted was a natural effect with no bare spaces of earth to be seen, he looked even more gloomily hopeless than usual; and on my going out later on to see the result, I found he had planted two long borders down the sides of a straight walk with little lines of five plants in a row--first five pinks, and next to them five rockets
, and behind the rockets
five pinks, and behind the pinks five rockets
, and so on with different plants of every sort and size down to the end.
He touched off in quick succession a set of fierce rockets
, angry catherine wheels, loudly exploding squibs - and the matter might have turned out very serious.