The first was never to accept anything for true which I did not clearly know to be such; that is to say, carefully to avoid precipitancy
and prejudice, and to comprise nothing more in my judgement than what was presented to my mind so clearly and distinctly as to exclude all ground of doubt.
Towards noon whales were raised; but so soon as the ship sailed down to them, they turned and fled with swift precipitancy
; a disordered flight, as of Cleopatra's barges from Actium.
It was with an agitated, burning heart and brain that I hurried homewards, regardless of that scorching noonday sun - forgetful of everything but her I had just left - regretting nothing but her impenetrability, and my own precipitancy
and want of tact - fearing nothing but her hateful resolution, and my inability to overcome it - hoping nothing - but halt, - I will not bore you with my conflicting hopes and fears - my serious cogitations and resolves.
But hurried on by the precipitancy
of youth, and having his imperial majesty's license to pay my attendance upon the emperor of Blefuscu, I took this opportunity, before the three days were elapsed, to send a letter to my friend the secretary, signifying my resolution of setting out that morning for Blefuscu, pursuant to the leave I had got; and, without waiting for an answer, I went to that side of the island where our fleet lay.
It establishes a salutary check upon the legislative body, calculated to guard the community against the effects of faction, precipitancy
, or of any impulse unfriendly to the public good, which may happen to influence a majority of that body.
Despite Angel Clare's plausible representation to himself and to Tess of the practical need for their immediate marriage, there was in truth an element of precipitancy
in the step, as became apparent at a later date.