I cannot pretend to recount all that he told me, but I gleaned from what he said that he was the genius who presided over the contretemps of mankind, and whose business it was to bring about the odd accidents
which are continually astonishing the skeptic.
I had often wondered how it was that Sir Oliver had such a very short tail; it really was only six or seven inches long, with a tassel of hair hanging from it; and on one of our holidays in the orchard I ventured to ask him by what accident
it was that he had lost his tail.
He agreed with Peter Donnelly that Jackson should have got damages, and he went farther and called the action heartless and cold- blooded that had turned the worker adrift after he had been made helpless by the accident
. Also, he explained that there were many accidents
in the mills, and that the company's policy was to fight to the bitter end all consequent damage suits.
How COULD they endure my happiness, if I did not put around it accidents
, and winter-privations, and bear-skin caps, and enmantling snowflakes!
A journalist obtained access to his laboratory in the capacity of laboratory-assistant, with the deliberate intention of making sensational exposures; and by the help of a shocking accident
All these summons proving ineffectual (for the captain had, by perverse accident
, betaken himself to a new walk that evening), Mrs Blifil declared she was seriously frightened.
In the fewest words, the Sergeant showed them the evidence of the footmarks, and told them that a fatal accident
must have happened to her.
A similar accident
happened to a French aeronaut, Madame Blanchard.
"I am but poor company altogether, sir," says he, "but I can think of nothing but this dreadful accident
, and the trouble it is like to bring upon quite innocent persons."
I feared an accident
now, for I knew no thief could steal him, yet even an accident
seemed incredible, he was always so cautious at crossings; also there could not possibly have been an accident
to Porthos without there being an accident
to something else.
There was an accident
and I received this blow to my head - only a trifling affair, after all.
Pollyanna was a little late for supper on the night of the accident
to John Pendleton; but, as it happened, she escaped without reproof.
If the wind held good, the distance might be traversed in five hours; if no accident
happened the sledge might reach Omaha by one o'clock.
And they might not even then have suspected it, but for the following little Accident
. Sophia happening one day to open a private Drawer in Macdonald's Library with one of her own keys, discovered that it was the Place where he kept his Papers of consequence and amongst them some bank notes of considerable amount.
I suppose all these years since his accident
will not exist for him."