A wild hurry-skurry
scene ensued; each party took to the banks, the rocks and trees, to gain favorable positions, and an irregular firing was kept up on either side, without much effect.
"You are at the foot of Glenn's," returned the other, speaking aloud, without fear of consequences within the roar of the cataract; "and the next thing is to make a steady landing, lest the canoe upset, and you should go down again the hard road we have traveled faster than you came up; 'tis a hard rift to stem, when the river is a little swelled; and five is an unnatural number to keep dry, in a hurry-skurry
, with a little birchen bark and gum.
Before she had been long down in the kitchen again with me, we heard a hurry-skurry
upstairs, and the parlour bell ringing like mad, and my mistress's voice calling out for help.
"The boatswain died during a storm, so they wrapped him up in a sheet, and put him in his own sea chest, and threw him overboard; but they neglected, in their hurry-skurry
, to say prayers over him, and the storm raged and roared louder than ever, and they saw the dead man seated in his chest, with his shroud for a sail, coming hard after the ship, and the sea breaking before him in great sprays like fire; and there they kept scudding day after day and night after night, expecting every moment to go to wreck; and every night they saw the dead boatswain in his sea chest trying to get up with them, and they heard his whistle above the blasts of wind, and he seemed to send great seas, mountain high, after them that would have swamped the ship if they had not put up the deadlights.
Until at last they got so jumbled together, in the hurry-skurry
, helter-skelter, of the match, that whether the kettle chirped and the Cricket hummed, or the Cricket chirped and the kettle hummed, or they both chirped and both hummed, it would have taken a clearer head than yours or mine to have decided with anything like certainty.
"It is not for its luxury for a moment that I would rebuke the modern world," she writes, "but for its ugly habits, its ugly clothes, its ugly hurry-skurry, whereby it so grossly disfigures and through which it scarcely even perceives or enjoys the agreeable things around it" (7).
Caught up in its "ugly hurry-skurry" as it pursues its greedy and selfish aims that fail to recognize the responsibilities individuals have to others, modern society becomes the site of a profound ethical failure.
What is needed in the modern world to counter the alienating effects of commodity fetishism and bourgeois consumerism and sustain the entente, according to Ouida, is not more of the commerce that creates the destructive "ugly hurry-skurry," but an appreciation of aesthetic beauty that can, in turn, lead to the emotional and ethical recognition of others.