The elm, however, made a pleasant, cheerful, sunny sigh, responsive to the breeze that was elsewhere imperceptible; a swarm of insects buzzed merrily under its drooping shadow, and became specks of light whenever they darted
into the sunshine; a locust sang, once or twice, in some inscrutable seclusion of the tree; and a solitary little bird, with plumage of pale gold, came and hovered about Alice's Posies.
Sometimes a light glimmered out of the physician's eyes, burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace, or, let us say, like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted
from Bunyan's awful doorway in the hillside, and quivered on the pilgrim's face.
The severest pointed harpoon, the sharpest lance darted
by the strongest human arm, impotently rebounds from it.
A tall, broad man stepped forward and took me, and James darted
back into the stable.
First there came the "butcher," to bleed them; this meant one swift stroke, so swift that you could not see it--only the flash of the knife; and before you could realize it, the man had darted
on to the next line, and a stream of bright red was pouring out upon the floor.