|Mon, 28 Aug 2006 16:08:58 -0700
It might havebeen some great historical tableau set out at Madame Tussauds.
An hour or even more might be spent in this way. Commander Benworthy hovered huge andprotective above him. The Council included all that was best among the leaders of Englishlife.
His stylecan be best described as one of colossal simplicity. The Lord Paramount heard himselfdenounced as the spirit of unrighteousness.
A little speechifying followed, heard eagerly but impatiently.
Commander Benworthy hovered huge andprotective above him.
His bearing had the unsubduedaggressiveness of an unsmacked childs. Again a moment of expectation; every face in that quintessentialassembly intent. He was evidently looking about him forsupport. It was impossible to leave things at that point; some immediateaction was needed. The timid man shrunk away, and others more resolute obeyed theMasters behests. The statement was soperfectly lucid, so direct and compact. Women members were addressed affectionatelyby their Christian names when these were known.
It was impossible to leave things at that point; some immediateaction was needed. It was amazing that the Albert Hall couldhave held so many earnest and vigorous people. I know what you think at this moment, but, believe me, itwill be with the consent of France.
Now that margin has increased to eleven ortwelve per cent.
The great majority of the memberspresent were silently agape. League of Duty, suggested Hereward Jackson, jammed close to theMaster.
For Direct Action couldbe a great and glorious thing.
Sometimes, but rarely, their suggestions would be allowed to swaythe course of the national policy.
Europe draws together under pressure from theEast and from the West. And knowing your answer to be what it must be, thenplainly the time for Duty and Action is now.
It really does not matter in the least whether she isCzarist or Bolshevik. He found himself in a little ante-room,and Hereward Jackson was offering him a glass of water.
Yet he was sensible of fatigue and oddly enough of just one fainttwinge of anxiety.
The Lord Paramount paused and did his best to ignore the one flawupon that perfect gathering. A tariff is amethod of substituting an inconvenient production for a convenientone. And knowing your answer to be what it must be, thenplainly the time for Duty and Action is now. The procedure was very simple and straightforward. Two bodyguards came forward and placed themselves at either elbowof the Speaker.
Many of the conservatives were frankly sympathetic with the LordParamount.
The age-long feud of the Rhineland drawsto an end.
Heturned half-face to the government benches.
The mighty barons of the popular press were there, andprominently Lord Bothermey. His bearing had the unsubduedaggressiveness of an unsmacked childs. Cries and confusion, and then out of it all the words, DutyParamount!
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