Then the Time Traveller put forth his finger towards the lever
. `No,' he said suddenly.
The lever resisted his strength for a time, then over it came, and instantly the tail of the machine cocked up and the wings became rigidly spread.
A little lever that had hitherto been obdurate now confessed itself mobile.
He was between a tree-stem and the saddle, with his leg over the steering lever and, so far as he could realise, not hurt.
Lever, the proprietor, of course had disappeared in convulsions of courtesy long before.
Lever coming towards them with his lumbering quickness.
"Nothing," said Lever, with a deepening accent, "only you did not.
Edmond inserted his lever in the ring and exerted all his strength; the flag-stone yielded, and disclosed steps that descended until they were lost in the obscurity of a subterraneous grotto.
After several blows he perceived that the stones were not cemented, but had been merely placed one upon the other, and covered with stucco; he inserted the point of his pickaxe, and using the handle as a lever, with joy soon saw the stone turn as if on hinges, and fall at his feet.
Before ever his minions could lay their hands upon you, you might seize this very lever
from which you have just warned me and wipe out the entire city."
For a moment we were silent, and then the old man's hand grasped the starting lever. There was a frightful roaring beneath us--the giant frame trembled and vibrated--there was a rush of sound as the loose earth passed up through the hollow space between the inner and outer jackets to be deposited in our wake.
I shook my head sadly, and motioned to the starting lever. Perry pulled it toward him, and once again we were plunging downward toward eternity at the rate of seven miles an hour.