when she sent for him and he held her moist hand, that would squeeze his hand with extraordinary violence and then push it away--seemed to him hours, and hours seemed to him minutes
I had a very good mouth -- that is I could be guided by the slightest touch of the rein; and that is a great thing in London, among carriages, omnibuses, carts, vans, trucks, cabs, and great wagons creeping along at a walking pace; some going one way, some another, some going slowly, others wanting to pass them; omnibuses stopping short every few minutes
to take up a passenger, obliging the horse that is coming behind to pull up too, or to pass, and get before them; perhaps you try to pass, but just then something else comes dashing in through the narrow opening, and you have to keep in behind the omnibus again; presently you think you see a chance, and manage to get to the front, going so near the wheels on each side that half an inch nearer and they would scrape.
Once outside his thoughts took definite shape, to the end that twenty minutes
later he entered a police station not far from the Rue Maule.
I kept quiet, with my ears cocked, about fifteen minutes
, I reckon.
I stood looking at it for a little space--half a minute
, perhaps, or half an hour.
I thought of asking you to draw the face of a criminal, one minute
before the fall of the guillotine, while the wretched man is still standing on the scaffold, preparatory to placing his neck on the block.
He would begin by fixing upon me an exceedingly severe stare, keeping it up for several minutes
at a time, particularly on meeting me or seeing me out of the house.
For some minutes
it puffed away without speaking, but at last it unfolded its arms, took the hookah out of its mouth again, and said, `So you think you're changed, do you?
In less than a minute
he was back in the cab with the ring.
On one side of the room were the hoppers, into which men shoveled loads of meat and wheelbarrows full of spices; in these great bowls were whirling knives that made two thousand revolutions a minute
, and when the meat was ground fine and adulterated with potato flour, and well mixed with water, it was forced to the stuffing machines on the other side of the room.
thirteen seconds," replied the methodical Nicholl.
Pardon me," he rejoined; "I am pledged to occupy three minutes