After a moment's pause
the duelists saluted the umpire respectfully, then one after another the several officials stepped forward, gracefully removed their caps and saluted him also, and returned to their places.
He waited yet one, two, three moments, to let his pause
complete and perfect its spell upon the house; then, when through the profound hush he could hear the ticking of the clock on the wall, he put out his hand and took the Indian knife by the blade and held it aloft where all could see the sinister spots upon its ivory handle; then he said, in a level and passionless voice:
There was a longer pause
than usual, before the shoemaker replied:
The whitewashed walls; the little pews where well-known figures entered with a subdued rustling, and where first one well-known voice and then another, pitched in a peculiar key of petition, uttered phrases at once occult and familiar, like the amulet worn on the heart; the pulpit where the minister delivered unquestioned doctrine, and swayed to and fro, and handled the book in a long accustomed manner; the very pauses
between the couplets of the hymn, as it was given out, and the recurrent swell of voices in song: these things had been the channel of divine influences to Marner--they were the fostering home of his religious emotions--they were Christianity and God's kingdom upon earth.
Some diners have wine too upon the table, and in the pauses
of thinking what a divine mystery dinner is, they eat.
They begin their concert by stamping their feet on the ground, and playing gently on their instruments; but when they have heated themselves by degrees, they leave off drumming, and fall to leaping, dancing, and clapping their hands, at the same time straining their voices to the utmost pitch, till at length they have no regard either to the tune or the pauses
, and seem rather a riotous than a religious assembly.
Shaking this off with a gasp and a struggle, I uplifted myself upon the pillows, and, peering earnestly within the intense darkness of the chamber, hearkened-- I know not why, except that an instinctive spirit prompted me--to certain low and indefinite sounds which came, through the pauses
of the storm, at long intervals, I knew not whence.
I am content if I am like the rest, so that no man stops if he sees me, or pauses
in his speaking if he hears my words, `Ha, ha
The diction should be elaborated in the pauses
of the action, where there is no expression of character or thought.
Owing to the very judicious plan of dividing the two acts of the opera with a ballet, the pauses
between the performances are very short, the singers in the opera having time to repose themselves and change their costume, when necessary, while the dancers are executing their pirouettes and exhibiting their graceful steps.
After complicated journeyings with many pauses
, there had come months of monotonous life in a camp.
After many pauses
and many trials of other subjects, Elizabeth could not help reverting once more to the first, and saying: