Then the captain flung a card upon the table, and with a yell like a wild beast, shouted out: 'Lost! fell over the cards, extinguished the lamp; and we neither heard nor saw more, till there came a shuffling on the companion, and Bartholomew crawled out with his face all blackened by the powder, and the blood trickling from his cheek, where the ball had grazed it.
He told the tale, too, with all possible whimsical lightness of touch, and immediately at its conclusion he changed the subject. But that he had not failed utterly in his design was evidenced a few days later when Bertram grimly declared that he guessed his tiger skin was a lively beast, all right. The first time Arkwright went home with Bertram, his presence was almost a necessity.
But this that looks like a pasture land is only coarse limestone covered with bitter, unnutritious grass, which benefits neither beast nor man. At sunset we anchored in the current three miles from Boma, and at daybreak we tied up to the iron wharf.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
Put your hands in your pockets and I'll get you there in no time. What a beast of a day, isn't it?" "Y yes," answered Sydney, "I suppose it is. But I rather like it." "Like it? Great Scott! Why?" "Well, the mist feels good on your face, don't you think so? And the trees down there along the railroad look so gray and soft.
By her magic arts she changes every human being into the brute, beast, or fowl whom he happens most to resemble." "That little bird, which met me at the edge of the cliff," exclaimed Ulysses; "was he a human being once?" "Yes," answered Quicksilver.
Well, grumble as he will, when Venus appears he is forced to smile. That brute beast submits. We are all made so. Wrath, tempest, claps of thunder, foam to the very ceiling. A woman enters on the scene, a planet rises; flat on your face! Marius was fighting six months ago; to-day he is married. That is well. Yes, Marius, yes, Cosette, you are in the right.
What is the bill of a bird and what does it mean? I do not refer to the bill of a hawk, or a heron, or an owl, or an ostrich, but to that which is the abstract of all these and a thousand more. I hold, regardless of anatomy and physiology, that a bird is a higher being than a beast.
Jimmie did not realize till long afterwards what a world-drama he had been witnessing. For four months the Beast had been driving at Paris; irresistibly, incessantly, eating his way like a forest fire, spreading ever wider and more fearful desolation this Beast with the Brains of an Engineer!