And if I do not clearly express what I mean by that, it is either for the reason that having no conversational
powers, I cannot express what I mean, or that having no meaning, I do not mean what I fail to express.
Old sea-dog of the best kind, I believe," ejaculated the captain, swinging past his motionless second officer and leaving the words behind him like a trail of sparks succeeded by a perfect conversational
darkness, because, for the next two hours till he left the deck, he didn't open his lips again.
The dinner and my conversational
beginnings ended, I noted for the first time that almost all those who had surrounded me at first were gone.
The captain was expatiating in a low conversational
tone to the chief mate upon the danger of these derelicts, and upon his dread of coming upon them at night, when suddenly a man forward screamed out, "There's people on board of her, sir!
Bartle hurried away from the rectory, evading Carroll's conversational
advances, and saying in an exasperated tone to Vixen, whose short legs pattered beside him on the gravel, "Now, I shall be obliged to take you with me, you good-for-nothing woman.
"That's the best conversational
opening I've ever heard.
Kenge, the benignant shadow of whose conversational
presence he seemed afraid to leave, he gave one gasp as if he had swallowed the last morsel of his client, and his black buttoned-up unwholesome figure glided away to the low door at the end of the Hall.
But toward evening, as we sat silent and hardly conscious of where we were--subdued into that meditative calm that comes so surely after a conversational
storm--some one shouted--
As the foreman of a spinning mill, when he has set the hands to work, goes round and notices here a spindle that has stopped or there one that creaks or makes more noise than it should, and hastens to check the machine or set it in proper motion, so Anna Pavlovna moved about her drawing room, approaching now a silent, now a too-noisy group, and by a word or slight rearrangement kept the conversational
machine in steady, proper, and regular motion.
"And how happens it," inquired Grandfather, "that there is no record nor tradition of your conversational
For the iambic is, of all measures, the most colloquial: we see it in the fact that conversational
speech runs into iambic lines more frequently than into any other kind of verse; rarely into hexameters, and only when we drop the colloquial intonation.
"I need not say that all my endeavours shall be directed to that end," Mr Verloc said, with convinced modulations in his conversational