phenomenon

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Making himself very amiable to the infant phenomenon, was an inebriated elderly gentleman in the last depths of shabbiness, who played the calm and virtuous old men; and paying especial court to Mrs Crummles was another elderly gentleman, a shade more respectable, who played the irascible old men--those funny fellows who have nephews in the army and perpetually run about with thick sticks to compel them to marry heiresses.
Yes, during that famous night when the strange phenomenon occurred.
I agree with you; but I repeat, Conseil, this phenomenon will never happen.
merely seems to exist, the latter being a phenomenon.