At a respectful distance from this unusual show, were gathered divers groups of curious idlers; some admiring the blood and bone of the high-mettled military charger, and others gazing at the preparations
, with the dull wonder of vulgar curiosity.
Throughout this preparation
there had been a constant tremor in Hepzibah's frame; an agitation so powerful that Phoebe could see the quivering of her gaunt shadow, as thrown by the firelight on the kitchen wall, or by the sunshine on the parlor floor.
not only were the old sails being mended, but new sails were coming on board, and bolts of canvas, and coils of rigging; in short, everything betokened that the ship's preparations
were hurrying to a close.
During this aside between Mose and Pete, two empty casks had been rolled into the cabin, and being secured from rolling, by stones on each side, boards were laid across them, which arrangement, together with the turning down of certain tubs and pails, and the disposing of the rickety chairs, at last completed the preparation
They were so pleased that they gave the regulation thirty days' notice, the required preparation
for citizenship, and resolved to finish their days in this pleasant place.
These details and accompanying delays worked up an atmosphere of preparation
that was as impressive as it was fascinating.
Miss Dearborn, it may be said in passing, had had no special preparation
in the art of teaching.
Later in the morning, and just as the girls were going to separate in preparation
for the regular four o'clock dinner, the hero of this inimitable charade walked in again.
for bonds, and the additional ignominy it inferred, took a little of the excitement out of me.
But he insisted on walking home with me, in order that I might make no extra preparation
for him, and first he had a letter or two to write, and (of course) had his hands to wash.
The only offensive operation men ventured upon after that night was the preparation
of mines and pitfalls, and even in that their energies were frantic and spasmodic.
This was an age of preparation
and development of new forces.