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This time the party wavered, stopped, and huddled closer together, while a slight scream was heard from some of the ladies, and a confused whispering among the gentlemen.
The second chief wavered a little at the sight and proposed an instant retreat.
Then his eyes wavered, all his ex- pression changed, and in a voice unusually gentle, al- most coaxingly:
Not a cloud obscured the deep, starry firmament, the lights of which wavered on the surface of the placid river, and a shooting meteor, streaking its pale course in the very direction they were taking, was interpreted by the doctor into a most propitious omen.
cried the youth, recovering his recollection and his voice, as he sprang to seize the hand of Elizabeth ; “no, not one moment has my faith in you wavered.
One had only to approach a roulette table, begin to play, and then openly grab some one else's winnings, for a din to be raised, and the thief to start vociferating that the stake was HIS; and, if the coup had been carried out with sufficient skill, and the witnesses wavered at all in their testimony, the thief would as likely as not succeed in getting away with the money, provided that the sum was not a large one--not large enough to have attracted the attention of the croupiers or some fellow-player.
His head swelled; sparks of fire danced before his eyes; his body seemed to lose weight, while his heels wavered in the breeze.
The line of beasts shook and wavered to and fro, and a whisper went up that grew to a cry.
It wavered and quivered above us for a minute, the morning sun gleaming upon its sleek, sinuous coils.
The door of Mattie's room was shut, and he wavered a moment on the landing.
Perceiving that no respite, nor reprieve, nor subterfuge was possible, he bravely decided upon his course of action; he wound his right foot round his left leg, raised himself on his left foot, and stretched out his arm: but at the moment when his hand touched the manikin, his body, which was now supported upon one leg only, wavered on the stool which had but three; he made an involuntary effort to support himself by the manikin, lost his balance, and fell heavily to the ground, deafened by the fatal vibration of the thousand bells of the manikin, which, yielding to the impulse imparted by his hand, described first a rotary motion, and then swayed majestically between the two posts.
As he began slipping down, his head and arm wavered still more with the strain.