In the instance where three years intervened between the flinging of the two harpoons; and I think it may have been something more than that; the man who darted them happening, in the interval, to go in a trading ship on a voyage to Africa, went ashore there, joined a discovery party, and penetrated far into the interior, where he travelled for a period of nearly two years, often endangered by serpents, savages, tigers, poisonous miasmas
, with all the other common perils incident to wandering in the heart of unknown regions.
The attacks of illness which arise from miasma never fail to appear most mysterious.
Is this owing to the state of the body during sleep, or to a greater abundance of miasma at such times?
Although this story is concerned principally with the Man and the Maid, the Miasma pervades it to such an extent that I feel justified in putting his name on the bills.
I had to when you accused me of being like our friend the Miasma. Legitimate self-defence.'
Even the doctor could hope to escape its effects only by rising above the range of the miasma
that exhales from this damp region whence the blazing rays of the sun pump up its poisonous vapors.
A few of the pirates leant over the bulwarks, drinking in the miasma
[putrid mist] of the night; others sprawled by barrels over games of dice and cards; and the exhausted four who had carried the little house lay prone on the deck, where even in their sleep they rolled skillfully to this side or that out of Hook's reach, lest he should claw them mechanically in passing.
There was an earthy smell, as of some dry miasma
, which came through the fouler air.
"These appearances, which bewilder you, are merely electrical phenomena not uncommon--or it may be that they have their ghastly origin in the rank miasma
of the tarn.
The historic atmosphere was there, certainly; but the historic atmosphere, scientifically considered, was no better than a villainous miasma
. Winterbourne walked to the middle of the arena, to take a more general glance, intending thereafter to make a hasty retreat.
While Chadwick's aphorism "all smell is disease" circulated widely, his extended claim revealed miasmas
were capable of transgressing the borders of the body, rendering them susceptible to environmental influences.