Lastly, looking not to any one time, but to all time, if my theory be true, numberless intermediate varieties, linking
most closely all the species of the same group together, must assuredly have existed; but the very process of natural selection constantly tends, as has been so often remarked, to exterminate the parent forms and the intermediate links.
It was not pleasant to find these very different persons and things linking
themselves together in this way.
The bulk of Chinamen were locked in such a compact scrimmage that, linking
their arms and aided by an appalling dive of the ship, the seamen sent it forward in one great shove, like a solid block.
But the last item was long, long, long, in linking
itself to the rest.
An entirely new though occurred to Stephen, and linking
itself with what he had observed of Wakem's manner, and with Lucy's reply to his observation, it convinced him that there had been some former relation between Philip and Maggie beyond that childish one of which he had heard.
This undeveloped was the possibility, which Richard Swiveller sought to conceal even from himself, of his not being proof against the charms of Miss Wackles, and in some unguarded moment, by linking
his fortunes to hers forever, of putting it out of his own power to further their notable scheme to which he had so readily become a party.