At all events
, Thomas Maule became the architect of the House of the Seven Gables, and performed his duty so faithfully that the timber framework fastened by his hands still holds together.
He was, indeed, the Custom-House in himself; or, at all events
, the mainspring that kept its variously revolving wheels in motion; for, in an institution like this, where its officers are appointed to subserve their own profit and convenience, and seldom with a leading reference to their fitness for the duty to be performed, they must perforce seek elsewhere the dexterity which is not in them.
Knightleys, that when once the event
were over, his distress would be soon over too, she hesitatedshe could not proceed.
I am not alarmed," he replied; "I have too long foreseen this event
, to feel alarmed at my approaching dissolution--no, for that, blessed be my God and my Redeemer, I am in some degree prepared; but I feel it impossible to shake off the feelings of this life while the pulse continues to beat, and yet the emotions I now experience must be in some measure allied to heaven; they are not impure, they are not selfish; nothing can partake of either, dear Charlotte, where your image is connected with the thoughts of a future world.
I knew that our worthy captain, who felt, such a paternal solicitude for the welfare of his crew, would not willingly consent that one of his best hands should encounter the perils of a sojourn among the natives of a barbarous island; and I was certain that in the event
of my disappearance, his fatherly anxiety would prompt him to offer, by way of a reward, yard upon yard of gaily printed calico for my apprehension.
The marriage of Eleanor Tilney, her removal from all the evils of such a home as Northanger had been made by Henry's banishment, to the home of her choice and the man of her choice, is an event
which I expect to give general satisfaction among all her acquaintance.
To us, their descendants, who are not historians and are not carried away by the process of research and can therefore regard the event
with unclouded common sense, an incalculable number of causes present themselves.
I believe that its free and simple design, where event
without the fettering control of intrigue, but where all grows naturally out of character and conditions, is the supreme form of fiction; and I cannot help thinking that if we ever have a great American novel it must be built upon some such large and noble lines.
My duty is to report the event
; and I place the event
in its frame --that is all.
This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event
unto all; yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
I mean that, in attempting to state the PROXIMATE cause of the present event
, some past event
must be included, unless we take refuge in hypothetical modifications of brain structure.
From that point, all the main events
of the story are purposely foreshadowed before they take place -- my present design being to rouse the reader's interest in following the train of circumstances by which these foreseen events
are brought about.