In this part of Africa, during the equatorial storms, it is not rare to count from thirty to thirty-five flashes of lightning per minute.
The latter, however, continued to ascend, while the lightning described tangents to the convexity of her circumference; but she bore on, right through the midst of the fire.
The passing of the lightning left the sky again dark, but a blue flame fell downward from the tower, and, with inconceivable rapidity, running along the ground in the direction of Diana's Grove, reached the dark silent house, which in the instant burst into flame at a hundred different points.
The flames from Castra Regis and from Diana's Grove made all around almost as light as day, and now that the lightning had ceased to flash, their eyes, unblinded, were able to judge both perspective and detail.
So much I saw then, all vaguely for the flickering of the lightning, in blinding highlights and dense black shadows.
Now and then came a gap in the lightning, and the night swallowed them up.
'No wonder,' said the man, 'with this lightning
in one's eyes, by-the-by.
quickened, and lit the sitting-room horribly with its lurid glare; the thunder rolled nearer and nearer over the black gulf of the moor.
Within the next mile we counted six more hanging forms by the blaze of the lightning
, and altogether it was a grisly excursion.
Now and again their faces became white, as the lightning
flashed, and finally a terrific crash came, making the panes of the skylight lift at the joints.
So the three gentlemen walked down to see the Lightning
coach come in.
And through the two of them heat took hold on the dark-blue sea, through the thunder and lightning
, and through the fire from the monster, and the scorching winds and blazing thunderbolt.