Poor over-wrought Mona, however, fled into her own chamber, and locked the door the moment she was alone. She sank into the nearest chair, buried her face in her hands, and fell to sobbing nervously. "How can I bear it?" she murmured. "It is perfectly dreadful to have to live such a life of deception.
Hitherto the moral excitement of expectation had given her the physical power necessary to maintain her position; but just as the leaders of the guard arrived at the cavern, her over-wrought energies suddenly deserted her; her hands relaxed their grasp; she tottered, and would have sunk backwards to instant destruction, had not the skins wrapped about her bosom and waist become entangled with a point of one of the jagged rocks immediately around her.
Surely it was the hands of God which prevented mother's presence at the trial, for broken down with anxiety and loss of sleep on my account, the revulsion of feeling would have been greater than her over-wrought heart could have sustained.
Beginning with shillings, he led up to half-crowns, and, encouraged by success, one afternoon boldly demanded a half-sovereign to buy a wedding-present with. Mrs. Spriggs drew her over-wrought husband into the kitchen and argued with him in whispers.
"If I were you," said he, returning it, "I would frame this letter as a good specimen of a barefaced fraud." It irritated Roger considerably, in his present over-wrought frame of mind and particularly after the memorable inward struggle of that morning to have what seemed so serious a matter to him regarded by any one else as a jest. For once in a way the tutor failed to understand his ward.
Such moments of excitement were indeed rare with him, except when utterly alone, and even then, were almost invariably followed by that depression of spirit by which all over-wrought susceptibility is succeeded. A change came over his face, like that of a cloud when the sunbeam which gilded leaves it; and, with a slight sigh and a subdued tone, he resumed,
Deeply sunk in his own thoughts, he had quite forgotten that Petrea was there, till reminded of her presence in this unexpected manner. But he was a man, nevertheless, who could easily understand the excitement of mind in a young girl, and with a pure fervour of eye, whilst a good-humoured satire played about his mouth, he endeavoured to tranquillise her over-wrought feelings.
Among his writings are treatises on Sound and Light, and his Astronomy was for long the leading manual on the subject. He also pub. Popular Lectures and Collected Addresses, and made translations from Schiller, and from the Iliad. They are characterised by over-wrought sentiment, and overloaded with florid ornament.
Jack picked the key up and noticed the inscription on the handle. "Pink-Room Cupboard," he read. "Why do they call it by that name?" In her over-wrought state of mind, she had even felt the small irritating influence of an entangled pocket. She was in no temper to endure simple questions patiently. "Look at the pink curtains, you fool!" she said and snatched the key out of his hand.
Oh, nurse, nurse! and a fresh burst of sobs shook her; 'tell me he isn't dead; tell me he isn't! Nurse tried in vain to pacify her; Betty was too over-wrought to listen. One thing she stedfastly refused to do, and that was to leave her dog, and nurse finally had to take her up in her arms by force, and carry her, shrieking and struggling, to the house.