As Addison had now no Government post, it left him all the more time for writing, and his essays in the Spectator are what we chiefly remember him by.
The Spectator was still further from the ordinary newspaper than the Tatler.
"But," said the Spectator
, "you said in your famous speech before the Society for the Prevention of the Protrusion of Nail Heads from Plank Sidewalks that Kings were blood-smeared oppressors and hell- bound loafers."
Gahan followed with his Odwar's Panthan one square straight forward, a more scientific move, which opened up an avenue for himself through his line of Panthans, as well as announcing to the players and spectators that he intended having a hand in the fighting himself even before the exigencies of the game forced it upon him.
The eyes of the players were fastened upon the contestants, the spectators leaned forward in their seats after the first applause that had greeted the move, and silence fell upon the vast assemblage.
Sometimes spectators of these duels faint--and it does seem a very reasonable thing to do, too.
This vastly amused the spectators, and even broke down their studied and courtly gravity and surprised them into laughter.
To illustrate by the case of an actor on the stage: our first plan was to collect together all the aspects which he presents to different spectators
at one time, and then to form the series of such sets.
It was already clear to be seen that, on the day of the experiment itself, the aggregate of spectators
would be counted by millions; for they were already arriving from all parts of the earth upon this narrow strip of promontory.
The ceremony was to be solemnized according to the Episcopalian forms, and in open church, with a degree of publicity that attracted many spectators
, who occupied the front seats of the galleries, and the pews near the altar and along the broad aisle.
A narrow space, betwixt these galleries and the lists, gave accommodation for yeomanry and spectators
of a better degree than the mere vulgar, and might be compared to the pit of a theatre.
followed him with frightened glances.
Among all the spectators
whom Van Baerle's execution had attracted to the Buytenhof, and whom the sudden turn of affairs had disagreeably surprised, undoubtedly the one most disappointed was a certain respectably dressed burgher, who from early morning had made such a good use of his feet and elbows that he at last was separated from the scaffold only by the file of soldiers which surrounded it.
But as Nature often exhibits some of her best performances to a very full house, so will the behaviour of her spectators
no less admit the above-mentioned comparison than that of her actors.
Eager faces strained round pillars and corners, to get a sight of him; spectators
in back rows stood up, not to miss a hair of him; people on the floor of the court, laid their hands on the shoulders of the people before them, to help themselves, at anybody's cost, to a view of him--stood a-tiptoe, got upon ledges, stood upon next to nothing, to see every inch of him.