They say that a drowning man lives his life again before the last; but my own fight with the sea provided me with no such moments of vivid and rapid retrospect
as those during which I stood breathless outside the lighted windows of Kirby Hall.
So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect
, that the pith of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
It was evident that she had been prepared to weep, for she had provided herself with a sufficiency of handkerchiefs; I admired her forethought, but in retrospect
it made her tears perhaps less moving.
The lamentable incidents that followed the surrender of New York seem now in the retrospect
to be but the necessary and inevitable consequence of the clash of modern appliances and social conditions produced by the scientific century on the one hand, and the tradition of a crude, romantic patriotism on the other.
, SPECIALLY INSERTED FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.
The living, suffering man was no longer before her to awaken her pity: there remained only the retrospect
of painful subjection to a husband whose thoughts had been lower than she had believed, whose exorbitant claims for himself had even blinded his scrupulous care for his own character, and made him defeat his own pride by shocking men of ordinary honor.
I still think it very delicately done, and with a deep insight; but there is something in all Auerbach's work which in the retrospect
affects me as if it dealt with pigmies.
Watching in it, in the way we have suggested, the contention of those two men, those two minds in him, and observing how the one might have ascertained and corrected the shortcomings of the other, we certainly understand, and can sympathize with Amiel's despondency in the retrospect
of a life which seemed to have been but imperfectly occupied.
Only in retrospect
can I mark the almost imperceptible growth of my desire.
She remarked, as she pursued the retrospect
, how strangely Chance, or Fate, had paved the way for the act of personation, in the first place.
Helena -- History of the changes in the Vegetation -- Cause of the extinction of Land-shells -- Ascension -- Variation in the imported Rats -- Volcanic Bombs -- Beds of Infusoria -- Bahia -- Brazil -- Splendour of Tropical Scenery -- Pernambuco -- Singular Reef -- Slavery -- Return to England -- Retrospect
on our Voyage.
Sometimes, however, the structure just indicated may not be followed; a story may begin in the middle, and the earlier part may be told later on in retrospect
, or incidentally indicated, like the Antecedent Action.
In this pleasing contrite wood-life which God allows me, let me record day by day my honest thought without prospect or retrospect
, and, I cannot doubt, it will be found symmetrical, though I mean it not and see it not.
Kirwin said this, notwithstanding the agitation I endured on this retrospect
of my sufferings, I also felt considerable surprise at the knowledge he seemed to possess concerning me.
All the earlier part is a retrospect
, in a narrative form, relating to an event which took place about a year before.