All its life it had been asleep, but now it hardly got a chance for a nod, so swiftly
did big events and crashing surprises come along in one another's wake: Friday morning, first glimpse of Real Nobility, also grand reception at Aunt Patsy Cooper's, also great robber raid; Friday evening, dramatic kicking of the heir of the chief citizen in presence of four hundred people; Saturday morning, emergence as practicing lawyer of the long-submerged Pudd'nhead Wilson; Saturday night, duel between chief citizen and titled stranger.
That will do very well," smiled Adam; "unless you go so swiftly
that you become my grandmother before I really need one.
She had nothing to wish otherwise, but that the days did not pass so swiftly
something flew across the wall and darted through the trees to a close grown corner, a little flare of red-breasted bird with something hanging from its beak.
Snails clung to the sides of the tank; tadpoles and tiny fish swam swiftly
in the green water, slippery efts and slimy frogs twined their noiseless way in and out of the weedy rock-work; and on top of the pyramid there sat solitary, cold as the stone, brown as the stone, motionless as the stone, a little bright-eyed toad.
Now go and do that which must be done swiftly
, for my sorrow is upon me.
By this time the sun was near setting, but quite suddenly it fell dark, something like a huge black cloud came swiftly
over me, and I saw with amazement that it was a bird of extraordinary size which was hovering near.
Still circled the bright blades swiftly
in the air--now gleaming in the peaceful sunlight--again hissing like maddened serpents.
The figure in these two phases haunted the lawyer all night; and if at any time he dozed over, it was but to see it glide more stealthily through sleeping houses, or move the more swiftly
and still the more swiftly
, even to dizziness, through wider labyrinths of lamplighted city, and at every street corner crush a child and leave her screaming.
The dim suggestion of the laboratory seemed presently to fall away from me, and I saw the sun hopping swiftly
across the sky, leaping it every minute, and every minute marking a day.
Its seeds were simply poured down into the water of the Wey and Thames, and its swiftly
growing and Titanic water fronds speedily choked both those rivers.
Rain from the mountains of Ki-Sho Fled swiftly
with a tearing breeze; The sun came radiant down the west, And greener blushed the valley trees.