No one offered to assist the sufferer, although many said it ought to be done; some spoke of sending for those who monopolized the official charity of the city; many, having satisfied their curiosity, and finding that the moment for action was arriving, quietly withdrew from a trouble that would interfere with their comforts or their business--while a few felt an impulse
to aid the man, but hesitated in being foremost in doing that which would be honourable to their feelings, but might not accord with their condition, or might seem as the ostentatious display of unusual benevolence.
It is not enough that we should have matter, we must also have a single impulse
, one shove to launch the mass and generate the harmony of the centrifugal and centripetal forces.
Then arose in her the impulse
to lean against him, to rest herself against his strength - a vague, half-formed impulse
, which, even as she considered it, mastered her and made her lean toward him.
Life flowed past him, deep and wide and varied, continually impinging upon his senses, demanding of him instant and endless adjustments and correspondences, and compelling him, almost always, to suppress his natural impulses
Precisely the same conflict of impulses
appears in the lyrics of a greater though still minor poet of the same generation, a man of perhaps still more delicate sensibilities than Collins, namely Thomas Gray.
Again, after speaking of the frustration of some impulses
which is involved in acquiring the habits of a civilized adult, he continues:
It was after an interval of long groping amongst vague impulses
and hesitations which ended in the production of "The Nigger" that I turned to my third short story in the order of time, the first in this volume: "Karain: A Memory.
Now, the fact was that the excellent doctor had never acted upon anything but impulse
all through his life, and if was no bad compliment to the nature of the impulses
which governed him, that so far from being involved in any peculiar troubles or misfortunes, he had the warmest respect and esteem of all who knew him.
I wonder that you presume to speak of impulses
to me'--both the teachers assented--
After a year or two, if the impulse
within them became strong and insistent enough, they married.
Yes; and, moved by the self-same impulse
, a lover saluted his mistress on her lips
While I stood in the passage I had my eyes on her brother's door, which was but ten steps off and which, indescribably, produced in me a renewal of the strange impulse
that I lately spoke of as my temptation.
I turned; Cathy was flying down through the massed people; she cleared the parapet at a bound, and sped towards that riderless horse, who staggered forward towards the remembered sound; but his strength failed, and he fell at her feet, she lavishing kisses upon him and sobbing, the house rising with one impulse
, and white with horror
when mists as chill as death wandered to the impulse
of east winds along those purple peaks, and rolled down "ing" and holm till they blended with the frozen fog of the beck
He seemed to weave, like the spider, from pure impulse
, without reflection.