We can say simply: The animal's behaviour during the last minute has had those characteristics which distinguish what is called "hunger," and it is likely that its actions during the next minute will be similar in this respect, unless it finds food, or is interrupted by a stronger impulse
, such as fear.
Karain" was begun on a sudden impulse
only three days after I wrote the last line of "The Nigger," and the recollection of its difficulties is mixed up with the worries of the unfinished "Return," the last pages of which I took up again at the time; the only instance in my life when I made an attempt to write with both hands at once as it were.
One evening during her first winter in Winesburg, Louise had an adventure that gave a new impulse
to her desire to break down the wall that she thought stood between her and John Hardy.
He obeyed his natural impulses
until they ran him counter to some law.
What Jerry did was to yield in action to a brain impulse
to do, not what seemed the easier and more usual thing, but to do what seemed the harder and more unusual thing.
She smiled to herself at vagrant impulses
which arose from nowhere and suggested that she rumple his hair; while he desired greatly, when they tired of reading, to rest his head in her lap and dream with closed eyes about the future that was to be theirs.
But when he tried to express the cooperative impulse
that stirred within him, his noises became gibberish.
Acting on a sudden impulse
, I held out the letter to him as he spoke.
A shameful confession made to an innocent girl; a risk of fatally shaking Arnold's place in Blanche's estimation; a scandal at the inn, in the disgrace of which the others would be involved with herself--this was the price at which she must speak, if she followed her first impulse
, and said, in so many words, "Arnold is here.
At every step he was incited to do some strange, wild, wicked thing or other, with a sense that it would be at once involuntary and intentional, in spite of himself, yet growing out of a profounder self than that which opposed the impulse
I am always involving myself in some scrape or other, by acting on impulse
I am astonished'--both the teachers were astonished--'I suppose it is an impulse
which induces you to take the part of every grovelling and debased person that comes in your way'--both the teachers supposed so too.