Similarly a man who committed a murder twenty years ago
and has since lived peaceably and harmlessly in society seems less guilty and his action more due to the law of inevitability, to someone who considers his action after twenty years have elapsed than to one who examined it the day after it was committed.
And this was the reason that, long ago
, In this kingdom by the sea, A wind blew out of a cloud by night Chilling my ANNABEL LEE; So that her high-born kinsmen came And bore her away from me, To shut her up, in a sepulchre In this kingdom by the sea.
And through the charred and desolated area--perhaps twenty square miles altogether--that encircled the Martian encamp- ment on Horsell Common, through charred and ruined villages among the green trees, through the blackened and smoking arcades that had been but a day ago
pine spinneys, crawled the devoted scouts with the heliographs that were presently to warn the gunners of the Martian approach.
The name of this old book helps us to remember that long ago
there was no paper, and that books were written on vellum made from calf-skin and upon parchment made from sheep-skin.
Twenty years ago
to-night," said the man, "I dined here at 'Big Joe' Brady's with Jimmy Wells, my best chum, and the finest chap in the world.
Though so short a period ago
--not a good life-time --the census of the buffalo in Illinois exceeded the census of men now in London, and though at the present day not one horn or hoof of them remains in all that region; and though the cause of this wondrous extermination was the spear of man; yet the far different nature of the whale-hunt peremptorily forbids so inglorious an end to the Leviathan.
And all the time she was looking backward to the day, seemingly so long ago
, when she sat on the box seat for the first time, her legs dangling in the air, too short to reach the footboard.
I am not going to see them, I was sick of them long ago
On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago
, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.
He who, a hundred years ago
, more or less, pronounced the above words in the uneasiness of his heart, thirsting for professional distinction, was a young naval officer.