These, however, were only the exceptions required to prove the rule that the sparrows in the plane-tree behind the house, and the echoes
in the corner before it, had their own way from Sunday morning unto Saturday night.
But when the echoes
had fully ceased, a light laughter at once pervaded the assembly; the musicians looked at each other and smiled as if at their own nervousness and folly, and made whispering vows, each to the other, that the next chiming of the clock should produce in them no similar emotion; and then, after the lapse of sixty minutes, (which embrace three thousand and six hundred seconds of the Time that flies,) there came yet another chiming of the clock, and then were the same disconcert and tremulousness and meditation as before.
He complimented Daylight on his prowess-"The echoes
of Ophir came down to us, you know.