Harry had said nothing; but the tender pressure of his hand, when he wished her good-night, had not gone unreturned, and was an invitation more welcome than words. The events of the day, the conversation of the evening, had given him plenty of matter for reflection; but the touch of those soft fingers was more potent, and the dreams evoked by it swallowed up all soberer thoughts.
Germany was a nation which has been swallowed up and incorporated by an army and an administration; the Prussian military system had assimilated to itself the whole German life. It was a State in a state of repletion, a State that had swallowed all its people. Britain was not a State. It was an unincorporated people.
When employed as a mason, it was usual for his fellow- workmen to have an occasional treat of drink, and one day two glasses of whisky fell to his share, which he swallowed. When he reached home, he found, on opening his favourite book 'Bacon's Essays' that the letters danced before his eyes, and that he could no longer master the sense.
If any man finished his punch and did not fill again, McKeon reminded him of his duty and that not only by preaching, but by continual practice. In fact, he was just in his element, and enjoying himself. There was an empty chair next Mr. McKeon, where his friend Mr. Gayner had been sitting I won't say during his dinner, for he had not swallowed a mouthful.
He filled Europe with posters, advertisements and prospectuses of a colossal scheme and obtained money from the most distant climes. All these savings, the pounds of speculators and the pence of the poor, were swallowed up in the Avenue de Villiers.
Without the help from the British father these lands would be swallowed up, the red man would have no hunting-grounds, no food, no furs, no means of getting food, rum and blankets. Ugh! Ugh! Let them join together at once, to wipe out the Americans and clean the hunting-grounds before too late. Now was the time.
To-morrow is the season of rest; working-time is over. 'There is no knowledge nor device in the grave. My life also will soon be swallowed up in eternity; soon the space allotted me for diligence, for labor, will be over. Soon will the grand question be asked, 'What hast thou done? Give an account of thy stewardship. Didst thou use thy working days to the end for which they were given?
Miranda swallowed a sob in such amazement that she almost choked. "Why why that is impossible, Rilla." "Why?" briefly demanded the organizer of the Junior Red Cross and the transporter of babies in soup tureens.
The judge dropped his book and stared across the table at the girl. "Gone! When?" "Ten minutes five half an hour I don't know. Before the storm commenced." "Oh!" The old gentleman appeared to be reassured. "Probably he had work to do and wanted to get in before the rain." But Lige Willetts was turning pale. He swallowed several times with difficulty. "Which way did he go?
It is not a question of Southern wrongs, for the South never had a right disturbed; and in addition to controlling our Government for years, and directly injuring our manufactures, it long swallowed a disproportionably great share of government appointments, offices, and emoluments.