The bow-string twanged
, the arrow leaped upward, and Broken-Tooth, uttering a terrible scream, fell off the branch.
That twang of the clock-spring was the first tiny cry of the newborn telephone, uttered in the clanging din of a machine-shop and happily heard by a man whose ear had been trained to recognize the strange voice of the little newcomer.
For exactly three months after his interview with Professor Henry, he continued to plod ahead, along both lines, until, on that memorable hot afternoon in June, 1875, the full TWANG of the clock-spring came over the wire, and the telephone was born.
Still he fled on, dreading each moment to hear the twang
of a bow, and to feel an arrow quivering at his heart.
"Seven, you jack-fool," growled the first speaker, and his bow twanged
like a harp-string.
In another moment the twang
of the cord was heard, a white streak was seen glancing into the bushes, and the wounded buck plunged from the cover, to the very feet of his hidden enemy.
The other is Yorkshire bred, and has twanged
his bowstring right oft in merry Sherwood; he knows each glade and dingle, copse and high-wood, betwixt this and Richmond.''
There was a sharp twang
as of a broken banjo-string, and at the same instant an arrow appeared in the yellow hide of the crouching lion.
I will follow thee to the ends of the earth, good master, and not a herd of dun deer in all the forest but shall know the sound of the twang
of my bowstring."
THE Cockney twangs of Amy Winehouse and David Beckham are the UK's most hated celebrity accents, a survey reveals.
Cockney Lilly Allen joined fellow Londoners in the blacklist with Charlotte Church's Welsh accent, Ozzy Osbourne's Birmingham twang and loudmouthed Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles's Leeds accent.
(above) and Coventry trio The Ripps (below).
Utilizing a variety of twangs
and drawls, Wilbanks sets apart the pragmatic Maddie, the wispier Murphy, and other quirky characters.