The gongs beat with a deafening din as the doors of the shrine open and the monkey-god is revealed; almost the whole congregation rivet ecstatic
eyes on him.
Having seen that it was really her lover who had advanced, and no one else, her lips parted, and she sank upon him in her momentary joy, with something very like an ecstatic
As the Marchioness Manson rose to her climax her face assumed an expression of ecstatic
retrospection which would have moved Archer's mirth had he not been numb with amazement.
Her manners showed good sense and good breeding; they were neither shy nor affectedly open; and she seemed capable of being young, attractive, and at a ball without wanting to fix the attention of every man near her, and without exaggerated feelings of ecstatic
delight or inconceivable vexation on every little trifling occurrence.
All the future lay clear ahead it presented no difficulties yet; a mad, ecstatic
confidence was mine for the wildest, happiest moments of my life.
The amiable applause which had greeted the beginning of his prologue was still echoing in his bosom, and he was completely absorbed in that species of ecstatic
contemplation with which an author beholds his ideas fall, one by one, from the mouth of the actor into the vast silence of the audience.
He had thought of love as a rapture which seized one so that all the world seemed spring-like, he had looked forward to an ecstatic
happiness; but this was not happiness; it was a hunger of the soul, it was a painful yearning, it was a bitter anguish, he had never known before.
This reasoning, however, seemed to end in a paradox, and lead to the further consideration:--"What matter though it be only disease, an abnormal tension of the brain, if when I recall and analyze the moment, it seems to have been one of harmony and beauty in the highest degree--an instant of deepest sensation, overflowing with unbounded joy and rapture, ecstatic
devotion, and completest life?
It was an hour of deep enchantment, of ecstatic
hope and longing.
They were no longer embarrassed, or half-choked with meaning which could not express itself; they were not afraid of each other, or, like travellers down a twisting river, dazzled with sudden beauties when the corner is turned; the unexpected happened, but even the ordinary was lovable, and in many ways preferable to the ecstatic
and mysterious, for it was refreshingly solid, and called out effort, and effort under such circumstances was not effort but delight.
Perhaps Sinbad or Christian could have conceived of my ecstatic
relief; yet so far as the popular vision reached I was not returning to literature, but to the printing business, and I myself felt the difference.
He made Settle half mad and the house ecstatic
when having, as Lycurgus, Prince of China, to "fall on his sword," he placed it flat on the stage, and, falling over it, "died," according to the direction of the acting copy.