Then I shifted my position to a little knoll that gave me the advantage of a yard or more of eleva- tion and when I looked for him presently he was walking towards Woking.
There had been a hasty consulta- tion, and since the Martians were evidently, in spite of their repulsive forms, intelligent creatures, it had been resolved to show them, by approaching them with signals, that we too were intelligent.
And when he hitched his chair a little and dropped his voice to the low note of mystery, it flashed upon me that high professional reputa- tion was not necessarily a guarantee of sound mind.
Apparently, in his mind, I was the man from the first, though for the looks of the thing the notifica- tion addressed to the Sailors' Home was general.
I urged on his considera tion that he had done now with Falk and Falk's con founded tug.
Siegers' (the son's) over whelming voice, in brassy blasts, as though he had been trying to articulate his words through a trom bone, was expressing his great regret at a conduct characterised by a very marked want of discre tion. .
Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual -- he is a combina- tion
of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and therefore belongs to the composite order of archi- tecture.
It is, therefore, entirely his own produc- tion; and, considering how long and dark was the ca- reer he had to run as a slave,--how few have been his opportunities to improve his mind since he broke his iron fetters,--it is, in my judgment, highly creditable to his head and heart.
O, how accursed is that system, which entombs the godlike mind of man, defaces the divine image, reduces those who by crea- tion were crowned with glory and honor to a level with four-footed beasts, and exalts the dealer in hu- man flesh above all that is called God!
And there were iron laws of tradi- tion
and law on four sides.
It was Sir Madok de la Montaine, a burly great fellow whose chief distinc- tion
was that he had come within an ace of sending Sir Launcelot down over his horse-tail once.
To walk from morning to evening by her side, to minister to her moods, to provide such entertainment as I might for her brain, and watch like a father over her physical needs; to note when she was weary and too proud to show it, and to pretend to be done up myself; to choose for her the easiest path, and keep my eyes open for wayside flowers and every country surprise,--these, and a hundred other atten- tions
, kept my heart and mind in busy service.