While we sat in the kitchen waiting for the cookies to bake or the taffy to cool, Nina used to coax Antonia to tell her stories--about the calf that broke its leg, or how Yulka saved her little turkeys from drowning
in the freshet, or about old Christmases and weddings in Bohemia.
Hopefully, but a moment ago, as Hester had spoken of drowning
it in the deep sea, there was a sense of inevitable doom upon her as she thus received back this deadly symbol from the hand of fate.
Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning
down to sleep.
Jurgis stood in the doorway and listened to her scolding, half drowning
out the horrible moans and screams of Ona.
Mas'r and Tom pelted the poor drowning
creature with stones.
If I have unjustly wrested a plank from a drowning
man, I must restore it to him though I drown myself.
If you have ever seen an active, heedless, enterprising child going diligently out of one mischief and into another all day long, and an anxious mother at its heels all the while, and just saving it by a hair from drowning
itself or breaking its neck with each new experiment, you've seen the king and me.
The very "marks" on the bottom of a piece of rare crockery are able to throw me into a gibbering ecstasy; and I could forsake a drowning
relative to help dispute about whether the stopple of a departed Buon Retiro scent-bottle was genuine or spurious.
It's like drowning
with a life preserver in my reach.
It was believed that the search for the bodies had been a fruitless effort merely because the drowning
must have occurred in mid- channel, since the boys, being good swimmers, would otherwise have escaped to shore.
With infinite pleasure, ma'am," said the captain, drowning
in the deepest notes of his voice the feeble treble in which Noel Vanstone paid his compliments to Magdalen.
All this was seen in a moment, as the vision of a drowning
man, or of any human creature at any very great pass, could see a world if it were there.