"Here is the `Trumpet' accusing you of lagging
behind--did you see?"
'And besides,' said they, 'you can't walk as fast as we do; you know you're always lagging
behind.' I knew these were false excuses, but I made no objections, and never contradicted such assertions, well knowing the motives which dictated them.
Michael obeyed, without haste, without lagging
, and patently without eagerness.
"Oh, I don't know," answered Cecily, her footsteps lagging