"And for the news, here is a letter, which, knowing I was to travel hitherward
to-day, his Excellency committed to my charge.
gan ride Arthur the mighty With numberless folk fated though they were.
-- I stand upon the spot where, seven years since, I should have stood, here, with this woman, whose arm, more than the little strength wherewith I have crept hitherward
, sustains me at this dreadful moment, from grovelling down upon my face!
A brown sunburnt gentleman, who appears in some inaptitude for sleep to be wandering abroad rather than counting the hours on a restless pillow, strolls hitherward
at this quiet time.
After a very brief inspection of his face, it was easy to conceive that his footstep must necessarily be such an one as that which, slowly and with as indefinite an aim as a child's first journey across a floor, had just brought him hitherward
. Yet there were no tokens that his physical strength might not have sufficed for a free and determined gait.
I should have been there still, had not some stir in the Convent, which I find was their procession hitherward
to eat my funeral feast, when they well knew how and where I had been buried alive, summoned the swarm out of their hive.
Mrs Durbeyfield, having quickly walked hitherward
after parting from Tess, opened the front door, crossed the downstairs room, which was in deep gloom, and then unfastened the stair-door like one whose fingers knew the tricks of the latches well.
This Eevning from the Sun's decline arriv'd Who tells of som infernal Spirit seen Hitherward
bent (who could have thought?) escap'd The barrs of Hell, on errand bad no doubt: Such where ye find, seise fast, and hither bring.
"Turn not back with your friends when you meet them, lest your wounds and weariness overcome you; but send hitherward
two or three, that may be spared, to search for me; and believe me, Reuben, my heart will be lighter with every step you take towards home." Yet there was, perhaps, a change both in his countenance and voice as he spoke thus; for, after all, it was a ghastly fate to be left expiring in the wilderness.