It was, in truth, that terrible product, whose explosive power is, perhaps, ten times as great as that of gunpowder, and which has caused so many accidents!
I opened the door which led from my bedroom into my sitting-room, and having passed through, pulled it to again, to prevent any accident in case of draught with the candle left on the dressing-table.
The ship (barring accidents) will touch at no other port on her way out; and the authorities at Bombay (already communicated with by letter, overland) will be prepared to board the vessel, the moment she enters the harbour.
This art of seizing opportunities and turning even accidents to account, bending them to some purpose is a great secret of success.
The two black bitches and myself are sisters by the same father and mother; and I shall acquaint you by what strange accident they came to be metamorphosed.
Leaven, which some deem the soul of bread, the spiritus which fills its cellular tissue, which is religiously preserved like the vestal fire,—some precious bottle-full, I suppose, first brought over in the Mayflower, did the business for America, and its influence is still rising, swelling, spreading, in cerealian billows over the land,—this seed I regularly and faithfully procured from the village, till at length one morning I forgot the rules, and scalded my yeast; by which accident I discovered that even this was not indispensable,—for my discoveries were not by the synthetic but analytic process,—and I have gladly omitted it since, though most housewives earnestly assured me that safe and wholesome bread without yeast might not be, and elderly people prophesied a speedy decay of the vital forces.
Above the Line of Head it foretells an accident or injury to the head.
To hear the cries of wild beasts, denotes an accident of a serious nature.
Notwithstanding the perplexity and confusion into which he was thrown, he had the precaution to shut his door, for fear any one passing by should observe the accident of which he reckoned himself to be the author.
You are obliged to me for the advice I now give you, to avoid this accident; I shall be sorry if it befall you."
Among other hopes that had vanished, was the hope, the trust she had had, that Mr. Bell would have given Mr. Thornton the simple facts of the family circumstances which had preceded the unfortunate accident that led to Leonards’ death.
In the case of the automobile, we call to mind other accidents and the causes of them; we remember that once the spark-plug played out, so we test this hypothesis.
In this exercise I once met an accident, which had like to havecost me my life; for, one of the pages having put my boat into thetrough, the governess who attended Glumdalclitch very officiouslylifted me up, to place me in the boat: but I happened to slipthrough her fingers, and should infallibly have fallen down fortyfeet upon the floor, if, by the luckiest chance in the world, I hadnot been stopped by a corking-pin that stuck in the goodgentlewoman’s stomacher; the head of the pin passing between myshirt and the waistband of my breeches, and thus I was held by themiddle in the air, till Glumdalclitch ran to my relief.
He thenrelated to them how he first found me; that my body was all coveredwith an artificial composure of the skins and hairs of otheranimals; that I spoke in a language of my own, and had thoroughlylearned theirs; that I had related to him the accidents whichbrought me thither; that when he saw me without my covering, I wasan exact Yahoo in every part, only of a whiter colour, less hairy,and with shorter claws.
You must excuse the accident please."
In con- templating Bathsheba as a woman, he had forgotten the accidents of her position as an agriculturist -- that being as much of a farmer, and as extensive a farmer, as himself, her probable whereabouts was out-of-doors at this time of the year.
“But if they don’t exist, my stubborn harpooner, how do you explain the accident that happened to the Scotia?”
"As if in direct consequence of my determination followed this terrible accident.
So I might, besides correcting the faults, change some sinister accidents and events of it for others more favourable.
The next morning we ascertained our position as well as we could, and estimated that we had crossed about a quarter of the desert, a guess which proved very accurate, for on the evening of the fourth day of our journey we reached the bottom slopes of the opposing mountains, without having experienced either accident or fatigue.
We can imagine it only the accident of an individual.
The only useful rule to follow is to presuppose accident wherever it is not indubitably and from the first excluded, and carefully to examine the problem for whatever causal connection it may possibly reveal. “
But just as we presuppose that wherever the human will played any part, regular forms will come to light, so we begin to doubt that such forms will occur where we find that accident, natural <p 155>law, or the unplanned co<o:>peration of men were determining factors, If I permit anybody to count up accidentally concurrent things and he announces that their number is one hundred, I shall probably have him count over again.
To depend on accident is foolishness, to use accident is wisdom.”
The study of auditory illusions is rendered especially difficult by the rarity of their repetition, which makes it impossible reliably to exclude accidents and mistakes in observation.
"Leave it to me to find out that," said the curate; "though there is no reason for supposing, senor captain, that you will not be kindly received, because the worth and wisdom that your brother's bearing shows him to possess do not make it likely that he will prove haughty or insensible, or that he will not know how to estimate the accidents of fortune at their proper value."
"Thou sayest well, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "but remember all times are not alike nor do they always run the same way; and these things the vulgar commonly call omens, which are not based upon any natural reason, will by him who is wise be esteemed and reckoned happy accidents merely.
It was nothing, he said: only a little accident.
"You don't mean an accident?"
Ripley Street was deserted, and except for a lighted window or so the village showed not a sign of life; but I narrowly escaped an accident at the corner of the road to Pyrford, where a knot of people stood with their backs to me.
Nevertheless, day dawned without darkness having brought any accident.
We can identify ourselves with the abstractest essence of reality, and, raised to that height, despise the human accidents of our own nature.
And I rather fancy some accident would have happened to both of you.
One day, the 23d of December, the colonists, busy at the Chimneys, heard Neb crying and Top barking in such emulation, that dreading some terrible accident, they ran to them.
You really alarm me, taking the accident so to heart.”
"Princess," replied Haiatalnefous, "your fortune is indeed strange, that a marriage, so happy as yours, should be shortened by so unaccountable an accident, after a passion so reciprocal and full of wonders.
Even whole races, tribes and nations may occasionally represent such lucky accidents.