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And far away towards Knaphill I saw the flashes of trees and hedges and wooden buildings suddenly set alight.
All this had happened with such swiftness that I had stood motionless, dumbfounded and dazzled by the flashes of light.
I stood close by, but could not tell which blows told and which did not, they fell and vanished so like flashes of light.
But the flashes were more brilliant than the rainbow--purest blue, most delicate violet, brightest yellow, and all the intermediary shades, with the scintillant brilliancy of the diamond, dazzling, blinding, iridescent.
The lightning flashes came faster and faster and closer together; the thunder-roll was almost continuous, not stopping for a moment--a new crash beginning before the old one had ceased.
The flashes now came frequently, lighting up faces as if they were going to be photographed, surprising them in tense and unnatural expressions.
It was echoed from Saleve, the Juras, and the Alps of Savoy; vivid flashes of lightning dazzled my eyes, illuminating the lake, making it appear like a vast sheet of fire; then for an instant every thing seemed of a pitchy darkness, until the eye recovered itself from the preceding flash.