For if, in its perihelion, it should approach within a certain degree of the sun (as by their calculations they have reason to dread) it will receive a degree of heat ten thousand times more intense
than that of red hot glowing iron, and in its absence from the sun, carry a blazing tail ten hundred thousand and fourteen miles long, through which, if the earth should pass at the distance of one hundred thousand miles from the nucleus, or main body of the comet, it must in its passage be set on fire, and reduced to ashes: that the sun, daily spending its rays without any nutriment to supply them, will at last be wholly consumed and annihilated; which must be attended with the destruction of this earth, and of all the planets that receive their light from it.
No outlet was observed in any portion of its vast extent, and no torch, or other artificial source of light was discernible; yet a flood of intense
rays rolled throughout, and bathed the whole in a ghastly and inappropriate splendour.
Towards two o'clock in the morning, the burning light reappeared, not less intense
, about five miles to windward of the Abraham Lincoln.
At last, with intense
relief, I saw dimly coming up, a foot to the right of me, a slender loophole in the wall.
I say, in earnest, that I should probably have been able to discover even in that a peculiar sort of enjoyment--the enjoyment, of course, of despair; but in despair there are the most intense
enjoyments, especially when one is very acutely conscious of the hopelessness of one's position.
Monsieur Morrel," said Valentine to the young man, who was regarding her with the most intense
interest, "my grandfather, M.
Though for once they had ample pasturage, yet the keen winds were so intense
that, in the morning, a mule was found frozen to death.
The commander of the first Roman galley must have looked with an intense
absorption upon the estuary of the Thames as he turned the beaked prow of his ship to the westward under the brow of the North Foreland.
The next day Aylmer apprised his wife of a plan that he had formed whereby he might have opportunity for the intense
thought and constant watchfulness which the proposed operation would require; while Georgiana, likewise, would enjoy the perfect repose essential to its success.
As I endeavored, during the brief minute of my original survey, to form some analysis of the meaning conveyed, there arose confusedly and paradoxically within my mind, the ideas of vast mental power, of caution, of penuriousness, of avarice, of coolness, of malice, of blood thirstiness, of triumph, of merriment, of excessive terror, of intense
- of supreme despair.
Blessingbourne pursued, "but I never know, in such intense
discussions, what strange impression I may give.
The doctor might have escaped this intense
heat by rising into a higher range, but, in order to do so, he would have had to consume a large quantity of water, a thing that had now become impossible.