This might be well, were it true that civilization is 'progressing backwards,' the science of government retrograding.
"I'm shot if I do!" answered the dux, turning round to face the trio, and walking backwards up the path; "why should I go more than any other fellow?
Two rival factions in the rear of the room were waging war with paper darts; while a small, sandy-haired boy, whose tangled hair and disordered attire gave him the appearance, as the saying goes, of having been dragged through a furze-bush backwards, rapped vigorously with his knuckles upon the master's table, and inquired loudly how many more times he was to say "Silence!"
When I came down he was cryin' and pullin' the trap backwards towards the hole.
The knife slithered harmlessly over my shoulder, and he fell backwards into the heather.
I made a spring backwards in the first moment of surprise and horror, and in doing so came sharply against the same rough masonry and brambles that had struck me before.
Expecting this, and knowing that the gallows lay behind him, the fugitive had adopted every expedient for baffling his pursuers: he had walked long distances upon tiptoe; had scrambled along walls; had walked backwards, crawled, doubled, leaped; but all in vain!
I saw Mr. Sims fumble under his cloak and take a quick step backwards.
" "Brutus," I called, "if you move again, backwards or forwards, I'll fire," and I backed towards the wall.
" He bowed again, and stepped backwards towards the door.
When thoroughly hot, dish them lightly, and draw the fork backwards over the potatoes to make the surface rough, and serve.
In the first instance, the infant cries out with a quick, short scream, rolls up its eyes, arches its body backwards, its arms become bent and fixed, and the fingers parted; the lips and eyelids assume a dusky leaden colour, while the face remains pale, and the eyes open, glassy, or staring.
Its upper lip is so extremely large, for which reason it is obliged to go backwards when grazing; otherwise by moving onwards, the lip would get doubled up."
The former weary negotiations began again; new envoys hurried backwards and forwards; interminable letters argued the limits of the temporal and spiritual powers in phrases which lost nothing of their arrogance from the fact that neither side had the power to enforce their claims.
Worlds of concentrated bitterness were behind it, and he went over backwards as if he had been struck by a coal-hammer.
Once or twice I got up and crawled a few yards backwards and forwards, but the little additional warmth this performance gave me did not last long.
She lifted up my hand and passed it softly backwards and forwards across her eyes.
We only saved him by dropping an anchor from the stern, and going backwards full speed.
A great business, like a nation, may cherish visions of self-sufficiency, may stretch its tentacles forward to the consumer and backwards to its supplies of raw material; but each fresh extension of its activities serves only to multiply its points of contact with the outside world.
Instantly on the qui-vive, he first cocked his rifle, and, just as he descried the Indian's head above the embankment he pulled with unerring aim the fatal trigger, when with an agonizing howl, the Indian toppled backwards down the embankment, and all was silent.
I passed over with the Governor; after which the boat went backwards and forwards till the whole of the troops were transported across the river, when we encamped, the side which we had quitted being occupied by another little army, headed by the Governor of another district.
I, therefore, had begun, as it were, to read Balzac backwards; instead of beginning with the plain, simple, earthly tragedy of the Père Goriot, I first knelt in a beautiful but distant coigne of the great world of his geniusSeraphita.
Jonas began slowly to turn backwards, keeping his eye on Franco.
But the next instant she checked herself with a violent start that nearly threw her backwards.
"She is backwards and forwards," said Nap.