Yet Dorothy felt a sort of joyous excitement in defying the storm, and while she held fast to the railing she peered around through the gloom and thought she saw the dim form of a man clinging to a mast not far away from her.
Dorothy decided she must go to him; so she made a dash forward, during a lull in the storm, to where a big square chicken-coop had been lashed to the deck with ropes.
The terrible sea, the frail boat, the storms
, the suffering, the strangeness and isolation of the situation,--all that should have frightened a robust woman,--seemed to make no impression upon her who had known life only in its most sheltered and consummately artificial aspects, and who was herself all fire and dew and mist, sublimated spirit, all that was soft and tender and clinging in woman.
He wanted to know exactly how long the storm was going to last; whereupon he was referred to the barometer, which seemed to have no intention of rising.
On the 4th, however, the sea became more calm, and the storm lessened its violence; the wind veered southward, and was once more favourable.
But the worst was not come yet; the storm continued with such fury that the seamen themselves acknowledged they had never seen a worse.
We worked on; but the water increasing in the hold, it was apparent that the ship would founder; and though the storm began to abate a little, yet it was not possible she could swim till we might run into any port; so the master continued firing guns for help; and a light ship, who had rid it out just ahead of us, ventured a boat out to help us.
So heavy was the stress of the storm
just at this place that I had the hardest task to win my way up the hill.
The sequel to the strange arrival of the derelict in the storm last night is almost more startling than the thing itself.
The storm was fearful, and as it boomed loudly among the chimney pots, it made me shudder.
with him, by way of diverting her attention from the tumult of the storm
The building, which had seemed so small in the tumult of the storm
, now became as square and spacious as usual.