As the speaker
concluded he drew his bare hand across the bottom of his nose, and again opened his enormous mouth with a kind of inward laugh.
The best time to get hold of an organization of business men is after a good dinner, although I think that one of the worst instruments of torture that was ever invented is the custom which makes it necessary for a speaker
to sit through a fourteen-course dinner, every minute of the time feeling sure that his speech is going to prove a dismal failure and disappointment.
It was notable that the talk was confined to groups, and was, at first, entirely spasmodic in character, and muttered in undertones as if the speakers
were suspicious of their fellow-guests.
The most innocent echo has an impish mockery in it when it follows a gravely persistent speaker
, and this echo was not at all innocent; if it did not follow with the precision of a natural echo, it had a wicked choice of the words it overtook.
The whispering awakened Virginia and she lay wondering what the cause of the midnight conference might be, for she recognized that one of the speakers
was a man, and there had been no man in the apartment when she had gone to sleep earlier in the night.
Some strayed from the point, but most of the speakers
replied directly to Martin.
He secured silence, at the outset, by a humorous allusion to the prolix speaker
who had preceded him.
rapped for order and glanced expectantly at the officers in the doorways.
From face to face and speaker
his eyes would turn, boring like gimlets of incandescent ice, disconcerting and perturbing.
A profound silence ensued, and the speaker
, in a somewhat emphatic tone of voice, commenced as follows:
The natural thing is, that the speaker
should be some one like yourself who professes to know and can tell what he knows.
Then already is our first speaker
not man, but only a first speaker