It was partly at such junctures as these and partly at quite different ones that, with the turn my matters had now taken, my predicament
, as I have called it, grew most sensible.
But if we should be disunited, and the integral parts should either remain separated, or, which is most probable, should be thrown together into two or three confederacies, we should be, in a short course of time, in the predicament
of the continental powers of Europe -- our liberties would be a prey to the means of defending ourselves against the ambition and jealousy of each other.
The bridegrooms sat together in a corner, rigidly silent, like Quakers whom the spirit moveth not, being still in the odd predicament
of bashfulness towards their own young wives.
It is difficult for a seaman to believe that his stranded ship does not feel as unhappy at the unnatural predicament
of having no water under her keel as he is himself at feeling her stranded.
As soon as I sufficiently recovered my senses to comprehend the terrific predicament
in which I stood or rather hung, I exerted all the power of my lungs to make that predicament
known to the æronaut overhead.
We had more than enough material without them, and my predicament
was the just punishment of that most fatal of human follies, our not having known when to stop.
My friend's appearance suggested that he was now in the same predicament
, and I prepared myself to cultivate an agreeable acquaintance.
Night was falling rapidly, and their predicament
was rendered doubly worse when they could not even find the elephant trail which they had been following.
I slackened my pace; but next moment regretted having done so: my companion did not speak; and I had nothing in the world to say, and feared he might be in the same predicament
He seemed to realize that escape for me was impossible, and I could have sworn that his huge, fanged jaws grinned in pleasurable appreciation of my predicament
, or was it in anticipation of the juicy morsel which would so soon be pulp between those formidable teeth?
Well," I said, "it can't make our predicament
any more trying to wait until we find out who they are.
He wished himself safely back in the camp of Achmet Zek, and would almost have embraced an opportunity to give himself up to the military authorities of the Congo if by so doing he might be rescued from the frightful predicament
in which he now was.