Occasionally he would stop; and in the midst of a breathing stillness, that the dull but increasing roar of the waterfall only served to render more impressive
, he would listen with painful intenseness, to catch any sounds that might arise from the slumbering forest.
To this the novice made rejoinder, that he would take the vow, though it should choke him; and it was accordingly administered with many impressive
circumstances, among which the lighting up of the two skulls with a candle-end inside of each, and a great many flourishes with the bone, were chiefly conspicuous; not to mention a variety of grave exercises with the blunderbuss and sabre, and some dismal groaning by unseen 'prentices without.
Now an impressive
pause - then the bugle sang "TAPS" - translatable, this time, into "Good-bye, and God keep us all!" for taps is the soldier's nightly release from duty, and farewell: plaintive, sweet, pathetic, for the morning is never sure, for him; always it is possible that he is hearing it for the last time.
If it were a record of a solemn scientific expedition, it would have about it that gravity, that profundity, and that impressive
incomprehensibility which are so proper to works of that kind, and withal so attractive.
Then he stepped from the stand, leaving a startled and impressive
hush behind him instead of the customary explosion of cheers and party cries.
I suppose they--the flights and flourishes--are desirable, and I regret not being able to supply them; but at the same time I cannot help thinking that simple things are always the most impressive
, and that books are easier to understand when they are written in plain language, though perhaps I have no right to set up an opinion on such a matter.
Next morning they all assembled for the final parting, and many of the officials and courtiers came to look upon the impressive
'I hope,' said the impressive
lady, 'I am incapable of it.'
There is something more impressive
in it; I shall be better able to criticise myself and improve my style.
Here they go through a wild fantastic ceremonial; strongly resembling the religious dance of the Shaking Quakers; but from its enthusiasm, much more striking and impressive
. During the intervals of the ceremony, the principal chiefs, who officiate as priests, instruct them in their duties, and exhort them to virtue and good deeds.
The only person, of course, that could remonstrate with telling effect was our captain, himself a man of dare-devil tradition; and really, for me, who knew under whom I was serving, those were impressive
Ellis was still a living patriarch, with an impressive
head always covered by a velvet skull cap, for which he would apologize to public meetings in a very courtly manner.