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He knew that collectors who would not steal a loaf if they were starving might and did fall before the temptation of a coveted curio. He descended the stairs three at a time, and entered the museum at the very instant when Mr. Peters' twitching fingers were about to close on his treasure. He handled the delicate situation with eminent tact. Mr.
Anderson, after they were gone, sat staring out of the window at the green spray of the spring boughs. His mouth was twitching, but his forehead was contracted. This problem of feminity and childhood which he had confronted was too much for him.
My nerves were twitching with impatience and the desire for relief; when suddenly the thought came to me that I might please the Lord by being patient. I remember what a lull the thought of Him brought; and yet how difficult it was not to be impatient, till I fixed my mind on some Bible words they were the words of the twenty-third Psalm and began to think and pray them over.
The sorrel never moved. The boy shook the reins a little and clucked his tongue against his teeth without any apparent result. Then Wilbur dug his heels into the pony's ribs. Things began to happen. The sorrel went straight up in the air with all four feet, coming down with the legs stiff, giving Wilbur a jar which set every nerve twitching as though he had got an electric shock.
Even so, I doubt if the golden eagles, with all their wonderful prismatic binocular vision, made out the cat, as man could. Birds have not that power, as man has. The twitching they were instant to see. The cause of it they must have, equally instantly, suspected. Certainly, however, was a long time coming to them. Precisely when it did, no man knoweth.
"I got a job cookin' out there an' Lize here is goin' to wait on table." Old Heck, still looking up in her eyes, with horror written on every line of his face, his lips twitching till he could scarcely speak, finally managed to say: "Ain't ain't you Ophelia?" "Ophelia? Ophelia who?" she asked, then before he could speak she answered his question: "Ophelia huh! No, I ain't Ophelia!
Throwing his thick, short body about in a kind of rolling gait, he only paused at times for a moment or two in order to hurl a vicious snarl at the praefect. His fingers were twitching convulsively the whole time, with longing no doubt to grasp the leather-thonged whip which they were so fond of wielding.
Arnold and my aunt. She often wrote for the papers." "Is that the way the Boston and other papers came to publish those scandals at the expense of Colonel Button?" "She dressed them up a good deal and made it worse than I described," faltered Lowndes. "Er let me explain, gentlemen," interposed Mr. Arnold, who had been twitching in uneasiness.
Now, looking through into the room beyond, I beheld an old man who sat bowed down at a table, with his white head pillowed upon his arms, sitting so very still that he might have been asleep but for the fierce grip of his twitching hands.
His features were twitching, and his hands were clasped tight behind his back. He stood leaning against the mainmast, his eyes fixed on Tom. It was thus that he stood when Tom caught sight of him, and rushed up to shake hands. Captain Corbet grasped Tom's hand in both of his. He trembled, and Tom felt that his hands were cold and clammy.