The strident school-teachers were gathering up their possessions preparatory
to a straggling flight to the wharf; across the beach lay the white steam-boat at the pier; and over the sunlit waters Boston loomed in a line of haze.
I made my preparatory
experiments in secret and was satisfied.
school was attached to it, and to this it was arranged that Philip should go.
I thought of asking you to draw the face of a criminal, one minute before the fall of the guillotine, while the wretched man is still standing on the scaffold, preparatory
to placing his neck on the block.
During the ten-year preparatory
period this man had formed relations with all the crowned heads of Europe.
The history, of course, I expected would be a long affair, and I did not quite suppose that I could despatch the literature in any short time; besides, I had several considerable poems on hand that occupied me a good deal, and worked at these as well as advanced myself in Italian, preparatory
to the efforts before me.
When darkness had settled, De Vac pushed the skiff outward to the side of the dock and gathering the sleeping child in his arms stood listening, preparatory
to mounting to the alley which led to old Til's place.
She had left her sewing on the porch and was feeding the chickens preparatory
to getting supper.
During the eight months which were employed in the work of excavation the preparatory
works of the casting had been carried on simultaneously with extreme rapidity.
And friend Murchison, with his chronometer in hand, his eye fixed on the needle, his finger on the electric apparatus, is counting the seconds preparatory
to launching us into interplanetary space.
cried the coachman and I rose and threw my carpet-bag on to the ground, preparatory
to dropping myself down after it.
On the contrary, as he esteemed the institution to be of the most sacred kind, he thought every preparatory
caution necessary to preserve it holy and inviolate; and very wisely concluded, that the surest way to effect this was by laying the foundation in previous affection.