were of a violence terrible to behold.
One arm was hanging out of the bed; from shoulder to elbow it was moulded after the arms of Germain Pillon's "Graces,"* but the fore-arm seemed to be slightly distorted by convulsion
, and the hand, so delicately formed, was resting with stiff outstretched fingers on the framework of the bed.
This is because, in great convulsions
of nature, at three different times, masses of the earth-- whole ranges of mountains, probably--have flown off into space, thus lessening the diameter of the earth, and changing the exact locality of its centre by a point or two.
"Most probably, Conseil, because some convulsion
beneath the ocean produced that very opening which has served as a passage for the Nautilus.
I had a vague belief that he was suffering from a fit, or some form of convulsion
. Before I could reach his side he was down and quiet.
But to what did they owe the convulsion
and rapture of their transport?
We may imagine that stream of white lava had flowed from many parts of the mountain into the lower country, and that when solidified they had bee rent by some enormous convulsion into myriads of fragments.
Or, with more probability, that there existed formerly a part of the same range more elevated than the poin on which this monument of a great convulsion of nature no lies.
There he hung, embracing the gutter, hardly breathing, no longer stirring, making no longer any other movements than that mechanical convulsion
of the stomach, which one experiences in dreams when one fancies himself falling.
While this dumb convulsion
lasted I could only watch it-- which I did the more intently when I saw Flora's face peep at me over our companion's shoulder.
Poverty ordinarily causes no such sensations to those who are conscious of possessing advantages of an order superior to wealth, and surely a well-educated, well-born, virtuous girl need not have blushed because estates were torn from her parents by a political convulsion
that had overturned an ancient and powerful throne.
Others have more sinister sounding names including Deadly Nightshade which can lead to hallucinations and convulsions
and Hemlock, which in the most severe cases can be lethal.