Raising the instrument with which he was about to begin his work, he let it fall upon the little system of machinery that had, anew, cost him months of thought and toil.
Yet, strong as he felt himself, he was incited to toil the more diligently by an anxiety lest death should surprise him in the midst of his labors.
Pass we over a long space of intense thought, yearning effort, minute toil, and wasting anxiety, succeeded by an instant of solitary triumph: let all this be imagined; and then behold the artist, on a winter evening, seeking admittance to Robert Danforth's fireside circle.
There was, however, a view of the matter which Annie and her husband, and even Peter Hovenden, might fully have understood, and which would have satisfied them that the toil of years had here been worthily bestowed.
The series captures the everyday toils
and triumphs of this church, the Ark of Salvation for the New Millennium, which, like most Pentecostal groups, is finding its own way without any central authority to hand down doctrine or money.
A man with a label and number rather than a name, Equality 7-2521, toils
as a street sweeper in a future city where a regimented form of governance has held sway for centuries.