Men and women danced in moccasins, and the place was soon a-roar, Burning Daylight the centre of it and the animating
spark, with quip and jest and rough merriment rousing them out of the slough of despond in which he had found them.
Even in the first horror of discovering his situation, her influence remained unshaken--the animating
spirit of the one manly capacity for resistance which raised him above the reach of his own fears.
spirit was gone--the mere shell of the woman lived and moved, a mockery of her former self.
I have more to say to you," she resumed abruptly, feeling the animating
resolution to lay her heart bare before him at last; "more, far more, than I have said yet.
The boys--with the exception of Master Squeers, who, coming to his father's assistance, harassed the enemy in the rear--moved not, hand or foot; but Mrs Squeers, with many shrieks for aid, hung on to the tail of her partner's coat, and endeavoured to drag him from his infuriated adversary; while Miss Squeers, who had been peeping through the keyhole in expectation of a very different scene, darted in at the very beginning of the attack, and after launching a shower of inkstands at the usher's head, beat Nicholas to her heart's content; animating
herself, at every blow, with the recollection of his having refused her proffered love, and thus imparting additional strength to an arm which (as she took after her mother in this respect) was, at no time, one of the weakest.
Frederick had not (if he might use the expression) Power enough to see in any delicate little attentions and--and --Testimonials that he might under such circumstances receive, the goodness of human nature, the fine spirit animating
the Collegians as a community, and at the same time no degradation to himself, and no depreciation of his claims as a gentleman.