He was a tall but thin and wiry man, nearly as old as Brimstone
, with a very pale face and hands stained a deep blue.
He then took a jaunt to Boston to purchase medicines, and, as some intimated, to walk the hospital; we know not how the latter might have been, but, if true, he soon walked through it, for he returned within a fortnight, bringing with him a suspicious-looking box, that smelled powerfully of brimstone
The Doctor has been dabbling in some of the old brimstone
When they had gone through fourteen or fifteen verses of a cheerful ballad about a murderer who was afraid to go to bed in the dark because he saw certain brimstone
flames around him, one of the male milkers said--
As thus: "If your father, Bart, had lived longer, he might have been worth a deal of money--you brimstone
But you can't take two without a doctor; one's quite enough to make you smell the brimstone
Now all he had anticipated was come to pass: the Vicar felt the satisfaction of the prophet who saw fire and brimstone
consume the city which would not mend its way to his warning.
I sauntered on the road back to Barkingham for about five minutes, then struck off sharp for the plantation, lighted my lantern with the help of my cigar and a brimstone
match of that barbarous period, shut down the slide again, and made for the garden wall.
Don't think, young man, that we go to the expense of flower of brimstone
and molasses, just to purify them; because if you think we carry on the business in that way, you'll find yourself mistaken, and so I tell you plainly.
They who strew the Eternal Path with the greatest amount of brimstone
, and who most ruthlessly tread down the flowers and leaves that grow by the wayside, will be voted the most righteous; and they who enlarge with the greatest pertinacity on the difficulty of getting into heaven, will be considered by all true believers certain of going there: though it would be hard to say by what process of reasoning this conclusion is arrived at.
Then, stepping into his extended hand, and condescending to be held out at arm's length, he gave vent to a succession of sounds, not unlike the drawing of some eight or ten dozen of long corks, and again asserted his brimstone
birth and parentage with great distinctness.
But, when he is trimmed, smoothed, and varnished, according to the mode; when he is aweary of vice, and aweary of virtue, used up as to brimstone
, and used up as to bliss; then, whether he take to the serving out of red tape, or to the kindling of red fire, he is the very Devil.