Biddlebaum, forever frightened and beset by a ghostly band of doubts, did not think of himself as in any way a part of the life of the town where he had lived for twenty years.
Thus we may perhaps most easily comprehend that to which a thing is related, when a name does not exist, if, from that which has a name, we derive a new name, and apply it to that with which the first is reciprocally connected, as in the aforesaid instances, when we derived the word 'winged
' from 'wing
' and from 'rudder'.
Had natural selection produced during the countless ages of Caspakian life a winged
monstrosity that represented the earthly pinnacle of man's evolution?
To enable the reader the better to understand the disposition of these parts of the dwelling, I annex a plan of the first floor of the right wing
, drawn by Rouletabille the day after the extraordinary phenomenon occurred, the details of which I am about to relate.
To tear a wing
from one would cause it exquisite torture and it would soon die in great agony.
His right wing
caught it first--a sudden, sharp puff that lifted and tilted the monoplane and threatened to capsize it.
"Now I can go with you," said she, "but see, I can no longer step from the bank to yonder stone, for the brook seems now like a great river, and you have not given me wings
"'Four membranous wings
covered with little colored scales of metallic appearance; mouth forming a rolled proboscis, produced by an elongation of the jaws, upon the sides of which are found the rudiments of mandibles and downy palpi; the inferior wings
retained to the superior by a stiff hair; antennae in the form of an elongated club, prismatic; abdomen pointed, The Death's -- headed Sphinx has occasioned much terror among the vulgar, at times, by the melancholy kind of cry which it utters, and the insignia of death which it wears upon its corslet.'"
Just now they are all going to bed, and--what do you think?--they unhook the hinges of their wings
and put them in a corner until they wake up again."
Nothing can be plainer than that wings
are formed for flight, yet in how many insects do we see wings
so reduced in size as to be utterly incapable of flight, and not rarely lying under wing-cases, firmly soldered together!
I went afoot the rest of the day, and let my wings
"Put most on the wings
," said Nick Chopper; "for they must be made as strong as possible."